Fears over the transmissibility of Omicron and rising cases has caused the Grammys 2022 to be postponed indefinitely. Find out more here.
The Grammy Awards is one of the biggest nights in the music industry calendar. Last year’s ceremony saw a historic win for female artists. 2021’s event was a hotly anticipated after being postponed until March, and held partially virtually and in-person.
Set to take place on the 31st January in front of a full live audience, the Grammys 2022 has now been postponed with no alternative date given. The 64th annual show, which was to be held in the US was put on hold as a reaction to COVID-19 related worries. A sharp rise in cases of the Omicron variant caused concerns among officials of the event. The Recording Academy and CBS stated that going ahead “simply contains too many risks.”
Planning for the 2022 awards ceremony had been moving along confidently, with proceedings due to take place at the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles. This is the traditional venue for the music event, and would have taken place as it would have done pre-pandemic.
Viewership for the 2021 ceremony reached a record low – something organisers are likely keen to avoid again. It’s unclear at this time whether those in charge will wait until it’s safe to hold the event completely in-person, or opt for a hybrid version once again.
Organisers have said that the event will take place on a date in the future, which will be announced soon.
Nominees across the 86 categories for the Grammys 2022 include Olivia Rodrigo, Lil Nas X, Billie Eilish, and Doja Cat. Jazz keyboardist, Jon Batiste holds the most nominations, with a respectable 11. You can see the full list of Grammys nominations here.
This news comes after the Sundance Film Festival was moved entirely online due to COVID-19 concerns.