Grammys Postpone 2021 Ceremony Over Covid-19 Concerns

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Grammy trophies sit in the press room during the 60th Annual Grammy Awards, held in New York in Jan. 2018.

The 2021 Grammys, originally scheduled for January 31st, have been postponed due to concerns over the spread of Covid-19, multiple sources confirm to Rolling Stone. Organizers have not confirmed a new date, but sources say they are aiming to hold the event sometime in March.

The Grammys had already planned on a limited show for 2021, forgoing an audience completely and only allowing presenters and performers on-site during the show. Nominated artists wouldn’t have been allowed on-site either, likely leading to a situation similar to the 2020 Emmys where nominees appeared and accepted awards remotely.

The 2021 Grammy nominations were led by Beyoncé who picked up nine nominations, while Dua Lipa, Taylor Swift and Roddy Ricch followed behind with six nods each. It’s unclear if original host Trevor Noah is still set to host this year’s show. (Reps for Noah and the Recording Academy did not immediately reply to requests for comment.)

California as a whole has seen a surge in Covid-19 cases following Thanksgiving and the holiday season, setting a new single-day record of 74,000 new cases on January 4th, according to The Los Angeles Times. In Los Angeles County, the hospital system has been stretched so thin that Covid-19 patients are often forced to wait in ambulances for hours until hospital beds open up, while the L.A. County Emergency Medical Services Agency has directed ambulance crews to ration oxygen and not transfer patients who have virtually no chance of surviving.

The Weeknd Reveals Latest Development of His Creepy Transformation in ‘Save Your Tears’ Video

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The last time The Weeknd performed «Save Your Tears» was at the 2020 American Music Awards, when his entire face was mysteriously bandaged. Now, he’s showing fans what was really going on underneath.

The R&B crooner reveals faux facial enhancements gone wrong in the new music video for his After Hours track, which places him and his latest makeover center stage at a creepy masquerade show where every attendee is masked up — like they’re at a ball, not in the pandemic. Even though his face isn’t covered with blood and bandaged up, he hasn’t completely ditched his album roll-out aesthetic. The Weeknd dons the same red suit jacket (except this time it’s completely bedazzled) and black leather gloves.

No one in the audience reacts to much, even when the superstar performer — who is slated to perform at this year’s Super Bowl Halftime Show — showers them with champagne, and the droplets are the only tears anyone can physically experience.

The continuity in his facial reconstruction throughout his After Hours visuals is astonishing: His cut-up face spews blood everywhere in the music video for his Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 hit «Blinding Lights,» then the bandaged star gets decapitated in the «In Your Eyes» video, and later, his head gets reattached onto another man’s body in the even  gorier «Too Late» clip.

Watch the «Save Your Tears» music video below.

Source: Billboard