The Grammy Awards has been postponed due to the coronavirus.
The awards ceremony was scheduled to take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on January 31 but has been moved to Sunday, March 14.
The announcement was made by the Recording Academy, CBS and the show’s producers in a statement today.
“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,” the statement said. “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.”
The statement extended gratitude to the artistes, staff, vendors and nominees for their understanding.
The Grammys has struggled to establish a new format for the event which usually accommodates 18,000 attendees amid the virus pandemic, even as others were staged virtually in 2020.