Grammy nominations announcement delayed for George HW Bush memorial services

Announcement will now take place on Friday 7 December

Roisin O'Connor
Music Correspondent
Tuesday 04 December 2018 09:51 GMT
The Grammy Awards 2019 nominations will take place on Friday 7 December
The Grammy Awards 2019 nominations will take place on Friday 7 December (AP)

The 61st Grammy Awards nominations have been pushed back from Wednesday, 5 November to Friday, 7 December, due to the scheduled memorial services for former US president George HW Bush.

Bush died aged 91 after suffering a number of health issues, including Parkinson's disease. He served as America's 41st president from 1988 until 1992, and served before then as vice president during Ronald Reagan's administration.

He was married to his wife, Barbara, from 1945 until her death a few months ago. He had five children with her. During the services on 5 November, he will be eulogised in a service at the National Cathedral in Washington, before his body is brought back to his home state of Texas to be buried.

The Grammy nominations will be announced live on “CBS This Morning” and Apple Music at 8:30am ET (1.30pm in the UK), with the full list of nominees to go up on shortly after.

Earlier this year, the Recording Academy announced several changes to the awards process, most notably to the "General Field" categories – record of the year, album of the year, song of the year and best new artist – where the number of nominations will increase from five to eight.

"This change will better reflect the large number of entries in these categories and allow voters greater flexibility when selecting this year's best recordings," an announcement sent to Academy members said.

The 61st Grammy Awards will take place February 10, 2019.

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