Grammys postponed to March due to coronavirus

A top US music awards ceremony has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Organizers of the Grammy Awards announced on Tuesday that they have rescheduled the 63rd annual ceremony to March 14.

The ceremony was originally due to be held in Los Angeles, California on January 31.

Johns Hopkins University says the number of coronavirus cases in California has topped 2.49 million, the highest figure among US states. The university also put the total number of deaths caused by the virus in California at more than 27,000.

In announcing the postponement, awards organizers took note of the "deteriorating COVID situation in Los Angeles, with hospital services being overwhelmed and ICUs having reached capacity."

They said, "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."

The top US film honors, the Academy Awards, have already been postponed by about two months to April.