Adam Sharp, the president and CEO of The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has announced some details regarding the 2021 Daytime Emmy Awards. First and foremost, the ceremony will once again be held virtually. “This awful pandemic has taken from us cherished friends and loved ones,” he said in a statement, “left many more without meaningful income, and forever transformed how we think about our workplaces and public gatherings.
“Like many of you, we hunger for a return to some semblance of normalcy,” Sharp continued. “The latest news on multiple vaccines nearing approval is promising. For NATAS, it is an encouraging sign that the ultimate “normal” — a return to in-person ceremonies — may be on the horizon.”
However, the current timetable for a potential vaccine would necessitate shifting all the awards ceremonies to the end of the year in order to hold them in person, which would then cause delays for the 2022 awards cycle. “We have decided to remain ‘virtual’ in the format of our ceremonies for 2021 while relying on a substantially pre-COVID awards calendar. In so doing, we believe we will be best-positioned to return to a full, on-time, traditional schedule of in-person ceremonies in 2022.”
As far as the 48th annual Daytime Emmy Awards, it means that the call for entries will begin on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, and the deadline for entries will be Wednesday, Feb. 17. Nominations are slated to be announced in May or June, with the virtual ceremonies being held in June or July of 2021. NATAS is also considering again holding the Daytime Emmys on multiple nights, splitting categories into separate ceremonies as they did in 2020.
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