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Grammy Awards postponed due to coronavirus surge in Los Angeles -media reports

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 26: Alicia Keys (2nd from L) and Nathan Morris, Wanya Morris, and Shawn Stockman of Boyz II Men perform onstage during the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES, Jan 5 (Reuters) - The Grammy Awards ceremony that was set for Jan. 31 has been postponed because of the coronavirus surge in Los Angeles, Rolling Stone magazine and Variety reported on Tuesday.

The two outlets cited multiple sources as saying the ceremony to present the highest awards in the music industry may take place in March. The Recording Academy, which organizes the Grammys, did not immediately return a request for comment.

Los Angeles is experiencing a spike in coronavirus deaths and hospital admissions, while gyms, hair salons and restaurants have been shut down and residents urged to stay at home as much as possible.

Grammy organizers said late last year they were seeking to change the way the annual show was held, doing without audiences and the traditional red carpet. They also said they were looking at staging some performances in small outdoor venues rather than the large indoor Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles.

The annual Oscars ceremony was moved last year to April from late February because of the pandemic.

(Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Franklin Paul and Peter Cooney)

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