Grammy Awards shift to March due to pandemic conditions

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FILE – Brandi Carlile, winner of the awards for best Americana album for “By The Way, I Forgive You”, best American roots performance for “The Joke”, and best American roots song for “The Joke” poses in the press room at the 61st annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Feb. 10, 2019. Carlile’s memoir, “Broken Horses” is coming in April. Her publisher is calling the book an “evocative and piercingly honest” journey through the life that has shaped her “very raw art.” Carlile will also read the audio edition. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — The 2021 Grammy Awards will no longer take place this month in Los Angeles and will broadcast in March due to a recent surge in coronavirus cases and deaths.

The Recording Academy told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the annual show would shift from its original Jan. 31 broadcast to a later date in March.

The Grammys will be held in Los Angeles at the Staples Center. Los Angeles County, the epicenter of the crisis in California, has surpassed 10,000 COVID-19 deaths and has had 40% of the deaths in California. It is the third state to reach the 25,000 death count.

An average of six people die every hour from COVID-19 in Los Angeles County, which has a quarter of the state’s 40 million residents. County health officials fear the incoming Christmas and New Year’s surge.

“The Daily Show” host and comedian Trevor Noah is set to host the 2021 Grammys, where Beyoncé is leading contender with nine nominations. Taylor Swift, Dua Lipa, Roddy Ricch, Jhené Aiko, Post Malone, Renée Zellweger, Billie Eilish and her producer-brother Finneas also scored nominations. First-time nominees include The Strokes, Megan Thee Stallion, Harry Styles and Blue Ivy Carter.

Performers will be announced at a later date.

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