In predictable fashion, the 2021 Grammys has been postponed over concerns about the spread of the coronavirus. Initially slated to hold on January 31, the Recording Academy announced that it will be postponing the ceremony to March 14.
Always held at the Staples Centre, Los Angeles, the area is being reported to have huge surge in coronavirus cases and health experts have said that hospital ”have reached a point of crisis.”
It’s a dire situation indeed, a reminder that the coronavirus pandemic is still viscerally with us, even though messianic announcements about a vaccine were reported late 2020. For the most part, the global entertainment industry took a hit – concerts and tours cancelled, cinemas shut, awards and shows held in makeshift studios to minimise human contact, and so on.
While the Grammys has, in recent past, struggled with ratings, the coronavirus crisis adds a gloomy, demoralising dimension to this state of affairs. Huge nominations rocked the global music fanbase – Burna Boy and Wizkid are flying the Nigerian flag – and South Africa’s Trevor Noah of The Daily Show fame billed to host the show.
The Grammys being held in March is a harbinger of what might follow: a chain reaction of A-list awards shows being postponed as well. Buckle up, because 2021 might just be another wild year.
When Bernard Dayo isn’t writing about pop culture, he’s watching horror movies, anime and trying to pretend his addiction to Netflix isn’t a serious condition.