Weeks before the ceremony, the Grammy Awards were postponed over Covid concerns

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The biggest night in US music has been postponed due to the outbreak of viruses in California

Following a steady spike in 19 cases in Covid in California, the 2021 Grammy Awards will be postponed. The ceremony, hosted by Trevor Noah, was expected to take place on January 31, and although a new date has not been announced yet, reports say it could be moved back until March.

A small performance without an audience has already been set, with only the performers and presenters permitted on stage as the winners accept the awards from afar. The Grammys typically attract an audience of more than 18,000 people and have traditionally been held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles in recent years. Grammys chief Harvey Mason Jr. said the intention for this year was to host the event “in and around downtown Los Angeles,” but the city has continued to see a steady spike in cases. The news comes a week after the Department of Public Health of Los Angeles County encouraged the entertainment industry to be vigilant, with almost half of the total cases identified last month by LA County.

Many film projects have now agreed to take a break, although some programs, such as the Late Late Show and Jimmy Kimmel Live!, have returned to the studio. This month will also historically have seen the Golden Globes, which were delayed this year to the end of February, while the Oscars were shifted from early March to late April. Beyoncé leads the Grammy nominations for this year with nine.

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