Grammy Awards 2022 postponed due to COVID-19

The 2022 Grammy Awards have been postponed indefinitely due to COVID-19 and “the uncertainty surrounding the Omicron variant,” organizers said Wednesday.

“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,” reads a statement from the Grammy website.

“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.”

The ceremony was scheduled to take place on January 31 in Los Angeles with a live audience and several performances. The cancellation, which was rumored days in advance, could push the show back to mid-June or even later, Variety reported. Organizers usually require at least a 10-day lockout of the venue to prepare for the show. This year, the awards were to take place at the Los Angeles Arena (formerly known as the Staples Center).

According to the arena’s schedule, there will only be such an opening again midway through the year.

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The decision was announced around the same time as the Sundance Film Festival canceled its personal programming, which was due to begin on January 20, and switched to an online format.

It also follows a difficult year for prices – and awards in general. Ratings for the Grammys, Oscars, Golden Globes and Emmys have been declining for years, a trend that has accelerated during the pandemic.

Furthermore, after the Grammys received widespread criticism for rejecting artist The Weeknd in 2021, the organizers were forced to revise their nomination process and remove nomination committees – groups that decided the candidates for key awards at the coveted music show.

The producers for the 2022 show also had to recruit and hire several different candidates, both backstage and in front of the camera.

The multi-talented Jon Batiste is the leading nominee for this year’s honors and grabs 11 nods in a range of genres, including R&B, jazz, American roots music, classical and music video.

Justin Bieber, Doja Cat and HER are just about the second most nominations with eight each.

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