This year’s Grammy Awards has been postponed by two months due to the coronavirus pandemic.
One of the music industry’s biggest events, the annual awards ceremony was meant to take place on 31 January but has now been pushed back to 14 March.
The decision comes after a rise in infection numbers in Los Angeles and the state of California, where the ceremony usually takes place.
“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,” said a statement from the Recording Academy, which runs the Grammys.
The Grammys’ new date clashes with the Screen Actors’ Guild awards, with the Actors Union stating that it is “extremely disappointed” by the scheduling conflict, reports the BBC.
“We announced the same date for the SAG Awards last July with the intent to give the greatest possible scheduling consideration for other awards shows,” it said in a statement. “We expect the same consideration from sister organisations throughout the industry.”
It’s set to be a big year for female artists at the 2021 Grammys, with Beyoncé, Dua Lipa and Taylor Swift leading nominations. The ceremony will be a virtual event, similar to other recent award shows, such as the MTV VMAs and the Billboard Awards.
Other major award ceremonies to be pushed back this year include the Oscars, which will now take place on 25 April; the Golden Globes, currently set for 28 February; the Baftas, on 11 April; and the Brit Awards, which is scheduled for 11 May.
From Harper’s Bazaar UK