The 2021 Grammy Awards Have Been Postponed

Olivia Blair
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Photo credit: ROBYN BECK - Getty Images
Photo credit: ROBYN BECK - Getty Images

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While it may seem like time hasn't existed in 2020, and so how can we possibly be discussing Awards Season 2021? We are.

For the Grammy awards - the biggest night in music - events began in November, when the nominations for this year's ceremony were announced.

As ever, there were some surprises, both in terms of those getting recognised and those who the recording academy missed off the list. Last year, the big winners included Billie Eilish and Lizzo, while performances on the night included those from Ariana Grande, the Jonas Brothers and Eilish.

Here's everything we know about the 2021 Grammy Awards...

When are the Grammy awards 2021?

On January 5, it was announced that the Grammys awards - originally scheduled for January 31, 2021 - will be postponed due to the worsening of the Covid-19 pandemic in its host city of Los Angeles.

The date for this year's ceremony has been pushed back by two months and will now take place on March 14, 2021.

In a statement, the president, vice president and producer of the Grammy's said: 'After thoughtful conversations with health experts, our host and artists scheduled to appear, we are rescheduling the 63rd Annual GRAMMY Awards... The deteriorating COVID situation in Los Angeles, with hospital services being overwhelmed, ICUs having reached capacity, and new guidance from state and local governments have all led us to conclude that postponing our show was the right thing to do. Nothing is more important than the health and safety of those in our music community and the hundreds of people who work tirelessly on producing the show.'

Awards season is significantly delayed this year, with the Golden Globes - who usually kick off the red carpet season within the first two weeks of January - postponed to February 28. The BAFTAs, SAG awards and the Oscars are all delayed too, with the latter Academy Awards taking place after Easter on April 25.

Who is hosting the 2021 Grammy awards?

In the autumn, the show's host was announced in the form of The Daily Show's Trevor Noah - a comedian who is funny, likeable and, at the same time, willing to call out unfairness or awkwardness. So, we can expect a refreshingly honest ceremony.

Given the strange times we live in, what the actual ceremony will look like is yet to be decided. Earlier this year, the Grammy's interim president said the recording academy were planning for three potential scenarios: a traditional crowd, a limited crowd and no crowd.

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Photo credit: David Crotty - Getty Images

Recent awards shows, like the 2020 Emmys and American Music Awards, have featured a mix of virtual guests connected by video call (and having people in Hazmat suits come to their home and deliver their awards, as was the case with Zendaya) and some nominees attending in person at much more scaled-back ceremonies.

Who has been nominated for the 2021 Grammy awards?

The Grammy nominations were announced on November 24 and notable artists leading the charge include Beyoncé - despite the fact that she has not released an album over the past year.

Who else could do that other than Beyoncé, right? We don't know, but her single 'Black Parade' - released in the wake of recent Black Lives Matter protests- has been nominated for four separate awards, including the prestigious 'record of the year' gong. The star is nominated a further five times for her 'Savage' collaboration with Megan Thee Stallion, 'best music video' for 'Brown Skin Girl' - which stars her daughters Blue Ivy and Rumi, mother Tina Knowles-Lawson, Kelly Rowland, Naomi Campbell, Lupita Nyong'o and more - and Beyoncé's Black Is King film in the 'best music film' category.

Thanks to Black Is King, Blue Ivy has actually become one of the youngest Grammy nominees in history. According to Billboard, the eight-year-old has now appeared on the official nominations list, along with her mother and Wizkid, for 'Brown Skin Girl'. Beyoncé and Jay-Z's eldest child sings the introduction on the single.

Taylor Swift is another artist who racked up the nominations (seven in total) following the release of Folklore.

Dua Lipa accumulated six Grammy nominations, and shared an emotional reaction of the moment she was told the good news. In a post shared to Instagram, Lipa is seen on the phone wiping away tears as she repeatedly asks: 'Are you joking me?'

Here are the rest of the nominations of the four major categories, in full:

Record of the Year

'Black Parade' - Beyoncé

'Colors' - Black Pumas

'Rockstar' - DaBaby Featuring Roddy Ricch

'Say So' - Doja Cat

'Everything I Wanted' - Billie Eilish

'Don't Start Now' - Dua Lipa

'Circles' - Post Malone

'Savage' - Megan Thee Stallion Featuring Beyoncé

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Photo credit: Carmen Mandato - Getty Images

Album of the Year

Chilombo - Jhené Aiko

Black Pumas (Deluxe Edition) - Black Pumas

Everyday Life - Coldplay

Djesse Vol.3 - Jacob Collier

Women In Music Pt. III - HAIM

Future Nostalgia - Dua Lipa

Hollywood's Bleeding - Post Malone

Folklore - Taylor Swift

Song of The Year

'Black Parade' - Beyoncé

'The Box' - Roddy Ricch

'Cardigan' - Taylor Swift

'Circles' - Post Malone

'Don't Start Now' - Dua Lipa

'Everything I Wanted' - Billie Eilish

'I Can't Breathe' - H.E.R

'If The World Was Ending' -

JP Saxe Featuring Julia Michaels

Best New Artist

Ingrid Andress

Phoebe Bridgers

Chika

Noah Cyrus

D Smoke

Doja Cat

Kaytranada

Megan Thee Stallion

Who has been left out of the 2021 Grammy nominations?

There were seemingly some surprising snubs when the nominations were revealed, with the biggest shock regarding The Weeknd. The artist, whose real name is Abel Tesfaye, released his album After Hours over the past year, which is the biggest-selling album in the US in 2020, reports The BBC. The album topped both the US and UK charts while the lead single 'Blinding Lights' became a pop culture phenomenon when it was released. Adding to the wound, the nominations came just days after Tesfaye walked away with three awards from the American Music Awards.

Not one to hide his feelings, The Weeknd accused the ceremony of 'remaining corrupt' in a tweet shortly after the nominations were announced:

In response, the Grammy's president said: 'We understand that The Weeknd is disappointed at not being nominated. I was surprised and can empathise with what he's feeling', according to the BBC.

Other artists frustrated at missing out on a nomination include Justin Bieber, who took to Instagram to vent about his album Changes not being recognised with a Best R&B album nomination, describing it is 'very strange' that it was instead nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album.

Stay tuned for more updates on the 2021 Grammys as and when we receive them.

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