The 2021 Grammy Awards announced their decision to move the ceremony to March on Tuesday due to the coronavirus pandemic conditions.
The new date, March 14, now conflicts with the previously scheduled 2021 Screen Actors Guild Awards, which recognizes top performances in film and television.
SAG-AFTRA expressed disappointment with the Recording Academy’s decision in a statement posted on its website Wednesday.
“We are extremely disappointed to learn of the divisive March 14 date announced today for this year’s Grammy Awards telecast,” SAG-AFTRA said. “We announced the same date for the SAG Awards last July with the intention of taking other awards programming into account as much as possible. We expect the same consideration from sister organizations in the industry.”
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“We are in contact with the Recording Academy and will continue to work with our sister organizations to find ways to make this year’s awards season as successful as possible,” the statement concluded.
On Tuesday, Harvey Mason Jr., Acting President and CEO of the Recording Academy, told Fox News in a statement:
“After thoughtful conversations with health experts, our host, and artists scheduled to appear, we are rescheduling the 63rd annual GRAMMY Awards® to air on Sunday, March 14, 2021.”
The post was co-authored by Jack Sussman, executive vice president of specials, music, live events and alternative programming at CBS, and Ben Winston, executive producer of the Grammy Awards at Fulwell 73 Productions.
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The statement continued, “The deteriorating COVID situation in Los Angeles, with hospital wards overwhelmed, intensive care units reaching capacity, and new directions from state and local governments have all led us to conclude that rescheduling our show was the right thing to do. Nothing to do. is more important than the health and safety of the members of our music community and the hundreds of people who work tirelessly on the production of the show. “
The Grammys were originally scheduled to take place on January 31 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Los Angeles County, the epicenter of the California crisis, has passed 10,000 deaths from COVID-19 and has experienced 40% of deaths in the state. California was recently the third state to achieve 25,000 coronavirus-related deaths.
On average, six people die every hour from COVID-19 in Los Angeles County, which is home to a quarter of the state’s 40 million people. County health officials fear waves of Christmas and New Years gatherings.
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“The Daily Show” host and comedian Trevor Noah is set to host the 2021 Grammys, where Beyoncé is the lead contender, with nine nominations.
A representative for the Recording Academy did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.