New York (AFP)

The Association of Music Professionals (Recording Academy) has decided to postpone, due to a pandemic, the Grammy Awards ceremony, the awards for the American recording industry, initially scheduled for January 31 in Los Angeles, reported Tuesday several American media.

According to the Rolling Stone magazine site, which cites anonymous sources, organizers are now considering holding the event in March.

Asked by AFP, the Recording Academy did not respond immediately.

After being less hard hit than many other American states, California has seen the pandemic accelerate in its territory since early November.

It is currently registering several tens of thousands of new cases of coronavirus every day (31,170 Monday).

The positivity rate rose to 13.6% (over 7 rolling days) and the most populous state in the United States recorded, on December 31, a record 585 deaths.

The organizers had already planned a ceremony in pandemic format, without an audience, with only the presenters and artists invited to perform during the retransmission, on the national channel CBS.

Retained nine times, singer Beyoncé was at the top of the nominations announced at the end of November, bringing her total to 79.

She is ahead of Taylor Swift, rapper Roddy Rich and British singer Dua Lipa, each credited with six nominations.

The list of nominations was also struck by his absences, first of all that of the Canadian singer The Weeknd, but also of the Korean group BTS or the late rapper Pop Smoke.

Several other awards ceremonies have already been postponed, including the Oscars, from February 28 to April 25.

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