Daytime Emmys and Other NATAS Awards Shows to Remain Virtual Through 2021

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This also includes the Sports Emmys, News and Documentary Emmys and Technology and Engineering Emmys.

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences said Tuesday that all of its awards shows will remain virtual through 2021.

This includes the Daytime Emmys, Sports Emmys, News and Documentary Emmys and Technology and Engineering Emmys.

The organization said that, despite the fact that a vaccine is possibly on the horizon mid-next year, it will keep all events virtual rather than delay its events until the second half of next year in the event they might be able to take place in person.

"The current timetables articulated by manufacturers project mass availability of vaccinations for the entire U.S. population by mid-summer 2021, potentially permitting a return to more traditional in-person ceremonies later in the fall," NATAS said. "However, we have determined that delaying our 2021 events to possibly allow for a compressed calendar of in-person Emmy ceremonies late in the year would result in unacceptable delays to our awards cycle for 2022. Instead, 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."

NATAS also announced several key dates for its events, including:

Sports Emmys
Call for Entries: December 2, 2020
Final Entry Deadline: Monday, February 15, 2021
Nominations Announced: End of April 2021
Virtual Ceremony: Tuesday, June 8, 20214

Daytimes Emmys
Call for Entries: Wednesday, January 6, 2021
Final Entry Deadline: Wednesday, February 17, 2021
Nominations Announced: May/June 2021
Virtual Ceremonies: June/July 2021
(Considering two- and three-night formats, across any combination
of currently-considered dates: F 6/25/21, Sa 7/17/21, Su 7/18/21.)

News and Documentary Emmys
Call for Entries: Thursday, February 11, 2021
Final Entry Deadline: Thursday, April 8, 2021
Nominations Announced: End of July 2021
Virtual Ceremonies:
Tuesday, September 21, 2021 (News Categories)
Wednesday, September 22, 2021 (Documentary Categories)

Technology and Engineering Awards
Recipients Announced: January 2021
Virtual Ceremony: Recognition throughout the year,
with a special program during the NAB Show, Sunday, October 10, 2021

NATAS said that more details will be announced at a later date.