This month's Grammy Awards in the US, which were scheduled to take place in Los Angeles on 31 January, have been postponed until 14 March due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

A joint statement issued by Grammy organisers the Recording Academy and broadcast network CBS read: "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."

A representative for the Grammys had earlier confirmed the postponement to US entertainment trade publication Variety but did not provide a new date.

Rolling Stone reported that a curtailed ceremony in Los Angeles had already been planned for 2021, with only presenters and performers appearing on the night and nominees joining from home in a similar fashion to September's Emmy Awards. Voting for the Grammys closed on Monday.

Irish band Fontaines D.C. are among this year's Grammy nominees Photo: Ellius Grace

Beyoncé leads this year's Grammy shortlist with nine nominations, followed by Dua Lipa, Taylor Swift and Roddy Ricch with six nods each.

Irish band Fontaines D.C. are among the nominees in the Best Rock Album category.

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