MX23RW : Monday, January 11 23:51:19| >> :600:426917:426917:

Grammy Awards postponed amid coronavirus surge

Grammy Awards postponed amid coronavirus surge
© Reuters
The Grammy Awards - originally due to be held on January 31 - are postponed by six weeks due to coronavirus.

This year's Grammy Awards have been postponed by six weeks due to the worrying surge in coronavirus cases.

The ceremony had been on track to be held on January 31, albeit from several locations around Los Angeles rather than its usual home of the Staples Center.

More than 27,000 people in California have now died due to COVID-19, however, running at a rate of around 300 to 400 new deaths every day.

As a result the Grammys have been pushed back to March 14, with organisers saying in a statement: "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.

"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."

This year's Oscars have already been pushed back from February to April as a result of coronavirus, while the BAFTAs have also been rescheduled for April and the Brit Awards have been postponed by three months to May.


Follow us on Twitter @SMEntsFeed and like us on Facebook for the latest entertainment news alerts.

Latest coronavirus PSA banner

Coronavirus latest - entertainment - Click here for more stories

Share this article now:
Did you know...?
Little Mix as a trio
Read Next:
Little Mix on course for number one with Sweet Melody
Latest Entertainment Video

rhs 2.0
New TV Picks header

Monday, January 11

Coronation Street: ITV, 7.30pm and 8.30pm
Peter announces his decision - he's not going to have a liver transplant

Richard Osman's House of Games: BBC Two, 6pm
This week's guests include David Baddiel and Charlotte Hawkins

Celebs On The Farm: MTV, 7pm
A new bunch of famous faces become farm hands
Media Mole's Spotify playlist