Grammy Awards Postponed Due To Rise in Omicron Cases
The 64th Grammy Awards show scheduled for January 31 in Los Angeles has been officially postponed. The announcement came amid rising Omicron variant cases that are spreading like wildfire across the nation. Organizers stated that there are “too many risks” with the rapid rise in cases and hospitalizations. A new date has not 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. 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.” – Recording Academy statement
This was reminiscent of last year’s postponement of the music awards show which was pushed back to March and included a venue change from the Staples Center to the socially distanced-friendly Los Angeles Convention Center; there was no in-person audience last year. The postponements have had a significant impact on television ratings, seeing viewership drop by 50% from pre-pandemic numbers. What impact the postponement of this year’s awards will have is yet to be seen.
Garnering the most nominations is musician, bandleader, and television personality Jon Batiste, who received 11 nominations, followed by Justin Bieber, Doja Cat, and H.E.R., all tied for the second-most nominations with eight apiece.