The Junos' latest three-week delay echoes a six-week delay in this year’s Grammy Awards.
The 2021 Juno Awards have been postponed for the second time. The ceremony was originally scheduled to take place in March, but in December was pushed back to May 16. On Wednesday (April 14), the show was pushed back again to June 6.
The move was made “out of an abundance of caution in response to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic,” according to a statement released by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and its partners, including CBC and Insight Productions.
This is the second year in a row that COVID-19 has wreaked havoc with the Junos’ scheduling. The 2020 show was set to be held at SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, on March 15, 2020 -- just as the global impact of COVID-19 was becoming fully evident. The awards and associated events were canceled, making it the first Juno Awards since 1988 to be canceled. The award winners were eventually announced on June 29, 2020, in an online event.