Brit Awards 2021 to be postponed by 3 months

Amy Johnson
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Lewis Capaldi with the Brit Award for British Album of the Year and the Brit Award for Best New Artist in the press room at the Brit Awards 2020 held at the O2 Arena, London. PA Photo. (Photo by Ian West/PA Images via Getty Images)
Lewis Capaldi with the Brit Award for British Album of the Year and the Brit Award for Best New Artist in the press room at the Brit Awards 2020 held at the O2 Arena, London. PA Photo. (Photo by Ian West/PA Images via Getty Images)

The Brit Awards will be airing in May next year as the music ceremony has been pushed back three months due to the effects of the coronavirus.

The awards show typically takes place in February but due to uncertainties stemming from COVID-19, it has been delayed.

Chief executive of The Brits, Geoff Taylor, said: "We believe that the best way to achieve this in 2021 is to move the show back a few months to May.

Read more: All the winners of the Brit Awards 2020

"We are already at work planning a spectacular event that will remind us how important music has been in getting us all through these difficult times."

Jack Whitehall speaks during The BRIT Awards 2020 rehearsals at The O2 Arena on February 18, 2020 in London, England.  (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
Jack Whitehall speaks during The BRIT Awards 2020 rehearsals at The O2 Arena on February 18, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)

The eligibility period for the awards is also set to be changed.

The Brits were held on 18 February earlier this year at the O2 Arena with performances from stars including Harry Styles, Lizzo and Stormzy.

It is the latest ceremony to have its date set back as the National Television Awards, the Oscars, and the Golden Globes have already announced they will be doing the same.

Bong Joon Ho poses with his Award for Best Director, Best Picture ('Parasite') inside The Press Room of the 92nd Annual Academy Awards held at Hollywood and Highland on February 9, 2020 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
Bong Joon Ho poses with his Award for Best Director, Best Picture ('Parasite') inside The Press Room of the 92nd Annual Academy Awards held at Hollywood and Highland on February 9, 2020 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)

The Oscars were due to take place on 28 February, however, now they set in place for 25 April. It is only the fourth time the event has been delayed in its 90-plus year history.

A two-month extension on the eligibility of films released has been put in place, meaning films released up until the end of February could be in the running.

The BAFTAs will take place two weeks before the Oscars on 11 April after also having the ceremony date altered.