Grammy Awards postponed due to pandemic

The Grammy Awards are being postponed until 14 March due to coronavirus-related concerns, the organisers said on Tuesday. “After thoughtful conversations with health experts, our host and artists scheduled to appear, we are rescheduling the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards to be broadcast Sunday, March 14, 2021,” a statement reads.

The ceremony, one of the music industry's biggest event, had been set to take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on 31 January, with "The Daily Show" host Trevor Noah acting as host.

“The deteriorating COVID situation in Los Angeles, with hospital services being overwhelmed, ICUs having reached capacity, and new guidance from state and local governments have all led us to conclude that postponing our show was the right thing to do.

Nothing is more important than the health and safety of those in our music community and the hundreds of people who work tirelessly on producing the show.We want to thank all of the talented artists, the staff, our vendors and especially this year’s nominees for their understanding, patience and willingness to work with us as we navigate these unprecedented times,” the statement said.

Top nominees for the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards include Beyoncé, Dua Lipa, Roddy Ricch and Taylor Swift.

The Grammys was set to be the start of Hollywood awards season. The Golden Globes, which is usually held in January, will now be the first award show of the season, if it goes forward. The ceremony is scheduled to take place on 28 February in Beverly Hills, California.

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