The new date for the ceremony, originally scheduled to take place on January 31, will be announced “soon,” according to an official statement from the Recording Academy.
After careful consideration and analysis with city and state officials, health and safety experts, the artist community and our many partners, we have postponed the 64th #GRAMMYs. https://t.co/oMzV1U9Tsc
Last year’s Grammys were similarly pushed back, albeit only by six weeks, due to the state of the pandemic.
Though the news likely comes as a blow to this year’s nominated artists, the continual postponement of an awards show many consider out-of-touch, not to mention racist (remember how long it took the Academy to scrap the “urban” category?), looks a little like poetic justice.
Some of the biggest names in music have outright condemned the Grammys, perhaps foreshadowing the event’s eventual collapse.
In 2020, The Weeknd boycotted the ceremony after receiving a whopping zero nominations for his widely acclaimed album, After Hours. In 2021, the R&B artist said he will no longer submit his music for Grammys consideration.
While there are some well-deserved nominations this year (Jon Batiste, Lil Nas X, and BTS are a few I’m rooting for), it’s clear that the Grammy Awards and their institutional stiffness are becoming decreasingly relevant.
In the grander scheme of things, I daresay indefinite postponement could be a good thing.