The 2021 Grammy Awards will no longer take place this month in Los Angeles and will air in March due to the recent surge in coronovirus cases and deaths.
The Recording Academy told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the annual show will move from its original January 31 broadcast to an unpublished date in March.
Grams will be held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Los Angeles County, at the center of the crisis in California, has surpassed 10,000 COVID-19 deaths and 40% of deaths in California. It is the third state to reach the 25,000 death count.
COVID-19 in Los Angeles County kills an average of six people per hour, a quarter of the state’s 40 million residents. County health officials fear the coming Christmas and New Year boom.
Daily Show host and comedian Trevor Noa is set to host the 2021 Grams, where Beyoncé is the leading contender with nine nominations. Taylor Swift, Dua Lipa, Roddy Rich, Jane Aiko, Post Malone, Renee Zellweger, Billy Ellisch and his producer-brother Finace also received nominations. First-time nominees include The Strokes, Megan The Stallion, Harry Styles and Blue Ivy Carter.
The cast will be announced later.