64th Grammy Awards Postponed Due to Omicron Variant

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It would be the second consecutive year the Grammy's have been postponed because of COVID-19.

UPDATE 1/6/2022

Well, it’s official. The 64th annual Grammy Awards have been indefinitely postponed because of the quickly spreading omicron variant of COVID-19.   

A Recording Academy spokesperson confirmed the news to Variety.   

“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 Academy and CBS said in a statement. “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.”   

Last year’s Grammy’s was delayed six weeks because of the coronavirus. 

The Grammy’s was scheduled to air on Jan. 31.  A new date has yet to be set.  

The 64th annual Grammy Awards ceremony, which has been scheduled for Jan. 31 at the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles, is likely to be postponed to a later date, according to Billboard

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If this is the case, then it would be the second consecutive year the Grammys have been postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to Billboard, last year’s show was scheduled for Jan. 31, 2021, but was postponed to March 14 due to the rise in COVID-19 cases. 

Additionally, the event was relocated from the then-Staples Center to the Los Angeles Convention Center, which had less crowding. 

Trevor Noah, who is the host of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, will be hosting this year’s show after hosting the event last year, according to Billboard. 

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“Trevor was amazing as our host for the 63rd GRAMMY Awards with praise from the music community, music fans and critics,” Harvey Mason jr., CEO of the Recording Academy, said in a press release. “We’re so excited to welcome Trevor back to the GRAMMYs® stage and feel fortunate to once again have him hosting what we believe will be an unforgettable evening.” 

The Recording Academy has a reputation of holding the show in an arena at full capacity so that it can get more ticket revenue. 

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According to Billboard, a spokesman from the Recording Academy made the point that no decision has been made and discouraged any speculation from an unnamed source. 

The 64th Grammy Awards will be produced by Fulwell 73 Productions for the Recording Academy. 

Teddy Grant contributed to this report.

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