Screen Actors Guild Awards postponed to April to avoid Grammys conflict

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 13 (Xinhua) -- The Screen Actors Guild - American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) announced Wednesday to postpone the 27th Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards to April, aiming to avoid a conflict with the rescheduled Grammy Awards.

The event had been pushed back to March 14 amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. But the 2021 Grammys, originally scheduled to be held with a limited audience at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on Jan. 31, was announced to be postponed to March 14 due to concerns over the spread of COVID-19 in the second largest city of the United States.

The SAG Awards, honoring the outstanding film and television performances of 2020, will be aired on April 4.

"Throughout these challenging times, our industry and our union members have proven their creativity and resilience in discovering new methods of storytelling while adapting to new safety protocols and procedures," said SAG-AFTRA, which represents approximately 160,000 members, in a press release.

"We embrace that spirit as we re-imagine the SAG Awards with a one-hour special that highlights and expands on our signature I am an Actor opening and honors the outstanding performances of the past year," added the organizers of the annual event.

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