The 2021 Grammy Awards have been postponed.
The annual music award ceremony – which is hosted by the Recording Academy – was due to be held on January 31, but on Tuesday (05.01.21), organisers confirmed to both Rolling Stone and Variety that the event has been pushed back amid the ongoing global health crisis posed by the coronavirus pandemic.
According to reports, no new date has been set as of yet, but organisers are believed to be looking to reschedule for sometime in March.
The awards show was to take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, but the city is currently one of the biggest hubs for the virus in the US.
Rolling Stone has reported the Grammy Awards was set to have no in-person audience and planned on only letting presenters and performers on site, with winners likely to have accepted their awards remotely.
This year’s contenders for gongs include Beyonce – who leads the nominations with nine nominations to her name – Taylor Swift, Billie Eilish, Dua Lipa, Post Malone, and Doja Cat.
Beyonce’s nominations include two nods in the Record of the Year category, where her song ‘Black Parade’ will go head-to-head with ‘Savage’ by Megan Thee Stallion, which she featured on.
The star is also on the shortlist in the Song of the Year category, as well as Best R&B Performance, Best R&B song, Best Music Video, and Best Music Film.
She will also be included in two further nominations for ‘Savage’, which picked up nods for Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song.
Elsewhere, K-Pop megastars BTS have made history yet again by being the first K-Pop group to be nominated for a major award, as their smash hit track ‘Dynamite’ landed them a Best Pop Duo/Group Performance nod.
When the event does go ahead, it is set to be hosted by Trevor Noah.