The 2022 Grammys are formally on hold.
The Recording Academy and CBS have declared that the music award event will be put off from its initially planned airdate on Jan. 31, 2022.
A new date for the event
“will be announced soon,”
officials stated on Wednesday.
The news comes as the the worldwide outbreak of the COVID-19 omicron variant persists. The US documented over 1 million COVID-19 new cases Monday — a daily record for any country since the epidemic started.
This is the second year in a row the award show has been postponed. Last year’s event was as well affected by the COVID 19 pandemic, notwithstanding its rearranged date was amid the timely returns to an in-person format.
The academy’s statement read:
“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.”
“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 contains too many risks. We look forward to celebrating Music’s Biggest Night on a future date, which will be announced soon.”
Ahead of time this week, sources told News Sourge that the Recording Academy was searching for a new venue to host the telecast amid a report that it would possibly be put off.
“They’re having trouble finding a venue and they’re looking at the Hollywood Bowl because it’s outside,”
one source said.
The show was initially set to broadcast live from the Crypto.com Arena (formerly Staples Center) in Los Angeles on Jan. 31, still on Monday Billboard magazine announced that the show will probably be postponed as a consequence of COVID 19.
The award show as well made a bombshell last-minute rule change — not reported until moments before the opponents were disclosed — increasing in size the number of nominees in the Big 4 categories (Album, Record and Song of the Year, plus Best New Artist) from eight to 10.
The variant has put off many of this year’s awards shows. On Tuesday, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association made public that the 2022 Golden Globes — set to happen Sunday, January 9, will be happening — just without a red carpet, audience, celebrities or press.
And just as news broke concerning the Grammy’s rearrangement, Sundance Film Festival as well made public a change in plans due to the Omicron surge.
The in-person Park City, UT event will go virtual for the second year-in-a-row. The festival will continue to exist online for its Jan. 20 to 30 duration.