The Recording Academy has announced that the 2022 Grammy Awards have been postponed indefinitely, just weeks ahead of the originally planned Jan. 31st ceremony.
The Grammys was scheduled to hold on Jan. 31st with a full audience at the Crypto.com Arena, formerly known as the Staples Center, in Los Angeles, until the Recording Academy announced its postponement due to COVID-19 Omicron Variant.
A statement released by the organizers reads:
“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 31st simply contains too many risks. We look forward to celebrating Music’s Biggest Night on a future date, which will be announced soon.”
This year’s ceremony was set to be hosted by Trevor Noah with nominations led by Jon Batiste, HER, and Justin Bieber.
The Grammy Awards last year was also postponed in a similar fashion on the 5th of January last year. It was moved till the 14th of March due to a spike in COVID-19 cases in Los Angeles.