2021 Grammy Awards postponed as coronavirus circumstances rise in California, stories say

Billie Eilish and Finneas O’Connel pose at the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards at the Staples Center on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.

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The 2021 Grammy Awards were postponed Tuesday, according to several media reports.

The annual event was scheduled to take place on January 31, but concerns about the continued spread of the coronavirus have led the Recording Academy to look for a new date for the ceremony. Organizers reportedly have March in mind for the rescheduled event.

The plans for this year’s Grammys were already very different from previous TV shows. The show should not have an audience and only presenters and performers would be on site. In addition, nominated artists would not have been admitted and would have accepted awards from a distance.

Beyonce tops the 2021 Grammy nominations with nine nods, while Dua Lipa, Taylor Swift and Roddy Ricch each have six. It is currently unclear whether Trevor Noah, who originally hosted the event, will still host this year’s show.

The ceremony usually takes place in Los Angeles, but the city and surrounding county have above-average Covid-19 cases that have resulted in hospitalizations.

More than 45,000 new cases were reported in California on Sunday as the state’s hospital stay rate reached its highest level since the pandemic began. Of those new cases, around 12,400 came from Los Angeles County, according to the state’s Department of Health.

Los Angeles County hospitals are discharging patients as soon as possible to make room for more critical patients, and ambulance operators have been instructed not to move people to hospitals with little chance of survival, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The Los Angeles County Emergency Medical Services Agency told emergency services on Monday that they will need to conserve oxygen and only give patients with oxygen saturation below 90%, although there are some exceptions.

– CNBC’s Chris Eudaily contributed to this report.

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