RAMW was scheduled to announce the 2020 RAMMY Award Finalists to the industry, public, and media on Monday, March 30th. After exploring virtual announcement platforms, the decision was made to reschedule the announcement of the finalists to Monday, May 4, 2020. This decision to postpone this celebratory news was made so the industry can continue to focus on their businesses, employees, and families right now. A format for this announcement will be shared closer to the new date. The RAMMYS are currently scheduled for July 26, 2020, alhough the option for a date later in the summer is still open if the need to postpone arrises.
Kathy Hollinger, president of RAMW, states in her message, "the RAMMYS signifies so much in terms of celebration and recognition and we want to make sure that message carries through in a way that will feed into the marketing recovery of what will be needed for our operators, finalists, and our allied community. As you all know, The RAMMY Awards are a historic opportunity to recognize greatness in this industry. What you should know is that we fully intend to host a celebration of epic proportions to recognize and pay tribute to the resiliency, creativity and collaboration of this dynamic industry and to all of you who have had to rethink your restaurants and daily lives in the face of COVID-19 and all its challenges. As you have had to rethink so much during this time, rest assured that we are also considering any adaptation we need to make around the format, purpose, and focus of the celebration. But again, the show will for sure go on and we know that you will all need this to be better and stronger than ever!"