It's yet one more tragic casualty of the last year (albeit not of as much importance as so many others, except to the relatively few people it directly affects). The amount of asterisks to be applied to this year's winners is sort of staggering.
For example, Danny Burstein will very likely get his long-overdue Tony - but for what reason(s)? Because he gave the best performance? Because it's his 7th nomination? Because he has more nominations without a win than any actor in history? Because he was one of the first Broadway performers to contrct Covid? Because of sympathy given all he's gone through this year personally? Because of his excellent first-person commentaries throughout the pandemic for The Hollywood Reporter? Because of relatively weak competition? Because his is the primary performance any will remember by the time voting gets underway? Because of all of the above? I'm guessing it's the latter, a combination of all factors... but while unfortunate that his almost certain win won't be noticed, let alone celebrated, in the way it should be, has there ever been a less-anticipated category in any Tony awards than this year's contest for Best Score (a 5-way contest between 5 plays that each had original incidental music of less than 10 minutes total).
There's no reason to give them out except as a commercial for Broadway, so they'll do it then, and then we can all move on and rebuild from there.