The Grammys have been officially postponed and the Sundance Film Festival is becoming virtual due to covid

The Grammy Awards and Sundance Film Festival are the latest personal events influenced by the COVID-19 Omicron variant.

A statement released on behalf of the Recording Academy and CBS on Wednesday revealed that the 64th annual awards ceremony would be ‘postponed’ by an abundance of caution.

Meanwhile, Sundance has made the ‘difficult’ decision to make this year’s festival completely virtual due to rising coronavirus cases.

Get a hit: Grammy Awards and Sundance are the latest personal events influenced by the COVID-19 Omicron variant

Get a hit: Grammy Awards and Sundance are the latest personal events influenced by the COVID-19 Omicron variant

“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 the official release announcement.

The ceremony, which announced nominations in November, was originally scheduled to be a personal event on Monday, January 31, held at the Crypto.com Arena in Downtown Los Angeles.

The statement continued: ‘Health and safety for 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, it simply carries too many risks to hold the show on January 31. We look forward to celebrating Music’s biggest night on a future date, which will be announced soon.”

Postponed: A statement released on behalf of the Recording Academy and CBS on Wednesday revealed that the 64th annual awards ceremony would be 'postponed' by an abundance of caution

Postponed: A statement released on behalf of the Recording Academy and CBS on Wednesday revealed that the 64th annual awards ceremony would be ‘postponed’ by an abundance of caution

‘Grammy Week’, which is preliminary events such as MusiCare’s Person of the Year concert and Clive Davis’ Pre-Grammy Gala, is also expected to be postponed.

As reported by Variety, “Grammy’s requires a 10-day-plus lockout” of venues like the Crypto.com Arena – formerly known as the Staples Center – but “another such opening will not be available until June or even later.”

Sources revealed to the business that ‘The Academy and CBS are hoping for a full show with a live audience in the future.’

Trevor Noah is still expected to return as host for the second year in a row.

The Critics Choice Awards, originally scheduled to air on January 9, faced a similar fate last month when the Critics Choice Association decided to postpone it due to COVID-19.

Last year’s Grammy Awards were scaled down and held outdoors at the Los Angeles Convention Center after moving their ceremony date from January 31, 2021 to March 14, 2021 due to covid-related concerns.

New plan: 'Given the uncertainty surrounding the Omicron variant, it's simply too risky to hold the show on 31 January.  We look forward to celebrating Music's biggest night on a future date, which will be announced soon ';  Hosted Trevor Noah at the March 2021 ceremony in Los Angeles

New plan: ‘Given the uncertainty surrounding the Omicron variant, it’s simply too risky to hold the show on 31 January. We look forward to celebrating Music’s biggest night on a future date, which will be announced soon ‘; Hosted Trevor Noah at the March 2021 ceremony in Los Angeles

The Sundance Film Festival was originally supposed to be a personal event that stretched over 11 days from January 20th to January 30th.

A number of strict protocols were also implemented, including proof of vaccination, elimination of concession stands, reduced screen capacity, testing of event staff, etc.

Despite their best efforts and ‘most ambitious protocols’, Sundance said the ‘unexpectedly high transfer rates’ of the Omicron variant have inspired them to take the festival virtually.

The decision was branded a difficult one, but one that was made on the basis of knowledge that coronavirus cases are expected to ‘peak’ in the festival’s host city of Park City, Utah during the originally planned festival week.

‘This was a difficult decision to make. As a non-profit organization, our Sundance spirit is in making something work against the odds. ‘

Sundance relies on the annual film festival as their primary fundraiser.

Becoming Virtual: Meanwhile, Sundance has made the 'difficult' decision to make this year's festival fully virtual due to rising coronavirus cases

Becoming Virtual: Meanwhile, Sundance has made the ‘difficult’ decision to make this year’s festival fully virtual due to rising coronavirus cases

Could not save it: Despite their best efforts and 'most ambitious protocols', Sundance announced that the Omicron variant's 'unexpectedly high transfer rates are pushing the boundaries of health security, travel and other infrastructures across the country'

Could not save it: Despite their best efforts and ‘most ambitious protocols’, Sundance announced that the Omicron variant’s ‘unexpectedly high transfer rates are pushing the boundaries of health security, travel and other infrastructures across the country’

“But with the number of cases expected to peak in our host community this week of the festival, we can not deliberately put our staff and community at risk,” the statement explained.

‘The unnecessary stress of Summit County’s healthcare services and our more than 1,500 employees and volunteers would be irresponsible in this climate. It has become more and more clear over the last few days that this is the right decision to make for the care and well-being of our entire community.

While it’s a deep loss not to have the personal experience of Utah, we do not believe it is safe or possible to gather thousands of artists, audiences, staff, volunteers and partners from around the world for an eleven-day festival while overwhelmed communities are already struggling to provide essential services. ‘

As last year’s online version of the festival proved to be easy to navigate and a general success for Sundance, the non-profit organization is convinced that the experience will once again capture the festival’s ‘magic and energy’.

Security: Although it is a

Safety: While it’s a “deep loss not to have the personal experience in Utah, we do not believe it is safe or possible to gather thousands of artists, audiences, staff, volunteers, and partners from around the world for an eleven-day festival while overwhelmed communities are already struggling to provide essential services’

Pause: It was also announced Wednesday that ABC has suspended production on a number of their TV shows, including Grey's Anatomy, The Rookie and Station 19, due to rising coronavirus cases

Pause: It was also announced Wednesday that ABC has suspended production on a number of their TV shows, including Grey’s Anatomy, The Rookie and Station 19, due to rising coronavirus cases

“Although we are disappointed not to provide the full hybrid experience and gather personally as intended, this year the audience will still experience the magic and energy of our festival with bold new films and XR work, the discovery of new storytellers, live meetings with artists and an innovative globally accessible social platform and gallery space.

‘Our partner community will also add a vibrant dimension to the festival with a rich mix of conversations, talent talks and events.’

It was also announced Wednesday that ABC stopped production on a number of their TV shows, including Grey’s Anatomy, The Rookie and Station 19, due to rising coronavirus cases.

‘ABC Signature – the studio behind Grey’s, Station and Rookie – took the step out of an abundance of caution and not because of any show-specific COVID outbursts. Right now, the temporary work stoppage is not expected to affect any of the show’s on-air schedules, sources tell TVLine.

The actors and crew at Grey’s Anatomy and Station 19 reportedly return to the stage on January 12 instead of January 10. The changed production schedule for The Rookie is still unknown.

'ABC Signature - the studio behind Grey's, Station and Rookie - took the step out of an abundance of caution and not because of any show-specific COVID outbursts.  Right now, the temporary work stoppage is not expected to affect any of the show's on-air schedules, 'sources told TVLine;  Ellen Pompeo on Grey's Anatomy

‘ABC Signature – the studio behind Grey’s, Station and Rookie – took the step out of an abundance of caution and not because of any show-specific COVID outbursts. Right now, the temporary work stoppage is not expected to affect any of the show’s on-air schedules, ‘sources told TVLine; Ellen Pompeo on Grey’s Anatomy

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