Grammys Postpone 2021 Awards Show from January to March Due to COVID Concerns

The show was originally scheduled to take place on Jan. 31 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles

Music's biggest night will have to wait.

The Grammy Awards will be postponed to this spring, due to growing concerns about the coronavirus pandemic, PEOPLE can confirm.

The awards show — set to be hosted by The Daily Show's Trevor Noah at the Staples Center in Los Angeles — was originally announced to take place on Jan. 31 with only presenters and performers set to hit the stage in person. Now, the show has been moved to mid-March.

"After thoughtful conversations with health experts, our host and artists scheduled to appear, we are rescheduling The 63rd Annual GRAMMY Awards to be broadcast Sunday, March 14, 2021. 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. 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," said Recording Academy interim president Harvey Mason Jr., CBS live music specials executive Jack Sussman, and Grammy Awards producer Ben Winston in a statement.

"We want to thank all of the talented artists, the staff, our vendors and especially this year's nominees for their understanding, patience and willingness to work with us as we navigate these unprecedented times."

Beyonce, <a href="" data-inlink="true">Taylor Swift</a>, Dua Lipa
Beyonce; Taylor Swift; Dua Lipa. Dave Benett/WireImage; Kevin Mazur/WireImage; Jamie McCarthy/Getty

Leading the nominations list for this year's show is Beyoncé with nine, followed by Taylor Swift, Roddy Ricch and Dua Lipa who have six each.

The postponement news comes as the state of California has seen nearly 2.5 million coronavirus cases and more than 27,000 deaths due to the pandemic, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Rolling Stone was the first to report the news.

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