The Grammys have been postponed.
The 64th annual awards have been officially postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, a Recording Academy spokesperson confirms Variety. A new date has not yet been announced.
“After careful consideration and analysis with city and state officials, health and safety experts, the artist community and our many partners, the Recording Academy and CBS have postponed the 64th Annual GRAMMY Awards Show,” said a statement on GRAMMY.com.
“The health and safety of those in our music community, the live audience and the hundreds of people who work tirelessly to produce our show remains our top priority. Given the uncertainty surrounding the Omicron variant, holding the show on January 31 simply involves too many risks. We look forward to celebrating Music’s Biggest Night at a future date to be announced shortly.”
The 2022 show was scheduled to take place on January 31 in front of a full audience at the Crypto.com Arena (formerly known as the Staples Center) in downtown Los Angeles, but was delayed due to the recent COVID-19 wave caused by the Omicron variant. .
It may take several months for the show to take place. The organizers are reportedly looking at a date in May or June. The Grammys require a 10-day lockout plus venue and the Crypto.com Arena won’t show availability until June or even later.
HITS Daily Double reports that the entire show could move to Las Vegas, where there will be more flexibility in terms of play areas and hotel rooms.
This would be the second year in a row that the Grammys have been postponed due to COVID-19. Last year’s scaled-down event was postponed from January 31, 2021 to March 14, and moved from Staples to the nearby Los Angeles Convention Center.
Jon Batiste leads this year’s nominations with 11 nods, followed by Justin Bieber, Doja Cat and HER with eight. The show is hosted by Trevor Noah for the second year in a row.