The Grammy Awards ceremony is being postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The annual event honoring the music industry was originally scheduled to take place Jan. 31, but the Recording Academy, which presents the awards, announced Monday that it will be pushed back to March 14.
The 63rd annual awards show is scheduled to be held at Los Angeles’s Staples Center and air on CBS. But Southern California has seen a surge of new COVID-19 cases, with Los Angeles Mayor Eric GarcettiEric GarcettiGrammys postponed over coronavirus concerns Sunday shows preview: Senate candidates brace for Georgia runoffs; government continues coronavirus vaccine roll out Los Angeles County testing if new coronavirus strain spreading in community MORE (D) saying Tuesday the latest outbreak would likely result in the “darkest month” for the area since the pandemic began.
The decision came after “thoughtful conversations with health experts, our host and artists scheduled to appear,” CBS and the Recording Academy said in a joint statement provided to ITK.
“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 Grammys’ postponement was first reported by Rolling Stone.
The awards ceremony is hardly the only Hollywood event affected by the coronavirus. In June, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced it was delaying this year’s Academy Awards ceremony until April 25, about two months after its originally scheduled date of Feb. 28, “as a result of the pandemic caused by COVID-19.”
Organizers announced last March that the 2020 Tony Awards would also be delayed, before opting for a virtual ceremony. A date for the digital awards show has yet to be announced.
There have been more than 350,000 deaths in the United States from COVID-19, according to statistics kept by Johns Hopkins University.
—Updated at 6:42 p.m.