File photo taken on April 25, 2013 shows former U.S. President George H. W. Bush (C) taking part in the unveiling ceremony of his son George W. Bush's presidential library in Dallas, the United States. (Xinhua/Xu Xun)
LOS ANGELES, Dec. 3 (Xinhua) -- The nominations for the 61st Grammy Awards will be postponed by two days to avoid conflict with memorial services for former U.S. President George H.W. Bush, the award show's parent company the Recording Academy said on Monday.
The nominations will now be announced Friday morning, two days later than its originally planned date of Wednesday. The full list of nominees across 84 categories will be announced live on CBS This Morning and on Apple Music by the Recording Academy.
George H.W. Bush, the 41st president of the United States, passed away at his Houston home on Friday at the age of 94. He will be honored with a state funeral at the Washington National Cathedral on Wednesday before being returned to Texas for burial.
The Grammy Awards is the U.S. music industry's highest honor. Driven by the music makers who seek to meet the needs of the music community, several changes have been enacted for this year's Grammy Awards process and categories.
The number of nominations given in the four General Field categories, Record Of The Year, Album Of The Year, Song Of The Year, and Best New Artist, will increase from five to eight.
Music Supervisors will no longer be eligible for consideration as album producers, unless they produced at least 51 percent of the album in question, according to GRAMMY.com.