Grammy Awards postponed due to Omicron variant

The 64th Grammy Awards will not take place on January 31 in Los Angeles, due to the rapid spread of the highly infectious variant of the Omicron coronavirus.

The Recording Academy, which hosts the most prestigious awards show in music, said Wednesday that “holding the show on January 31 simply takes too many risks” and added that a new date would be announced “soon.”

“After careful consideration and discussion with city and state officials, health and safety experts, the artist community, and many of our partners, the Recording Academy and CBS postponed the 64th annual Grammy Awards,” he said. the group in a joint statement with CBS. your longtime television partner. “The health and safety of our music community members, the live audience, and the hundreds of people who work tirelessly to produce our show remains our top priority.

The postponement marks the second year in a row the Grammys have been delayed due to COVID-19. In 2021, the show was scheduled for January 31 before moving to March 14.

Specific plans for the ceremony were not immediately announced. In an interview in November, the academy’s executive director, Harvey Mason Jr., told The Times that he was “excited to have audience members back in their seats” for the 2022 show after the edition of 2021, which combined live and previously recorded performances in a crowd-free environment in and around the Los Angeles Convention Center.

“It’s definitely going to be a different show than the last one, closer to the show we’ve had in the past,” Mason added, referring to the pre-Grammy productions held before thousands of viewers at the Staples Center downtown. (now known as Arena).

As he did last year, comedian Trevor Noah from Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” will host the 2022 ceremony.

Another late-night TV denizen, “Late Show with Stephen Colbert” frontman Jon Batiste, leads the 64 Grammys nominees with 11 nominations in categories including album, album and song of the year, as well as traditional performance by R&B and song with American roots. and improvised jazz solo.

Other acts with multiple nominations include Justin Bieber, Doja Cat and HER (each with eight) and Billie Eilish and Olivia Rodrigo (each with seven).

This year’s show is the first to feature 10 nominees (up from eight) in the top four categories for album, album and song of the year and best new artist.

The Grammys’ delay comes days after the Critics Choice Awards said its annual show, originally scheduled for January 9, would be moved to a later date yet to be determined.

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Grammy Awards postponed due to Omicron variant