The 2022 Grammy Awards have been postponed due to COVID-19 and “uncertainty around the omicron variant,” according to the organizers.
The Recording Academy and CBS said on Wednesday that the Jan. 31 Los Angeles awards event would be postponed following “careful study and analysis with local and state officials, health and safety experts, the artist community, and our numerous partners.”
The Recording Academy and the TV network both stated that hosting the show during the outbreak of omicron posed “too many hazards.” “Our top focus continues to be the health and safety of individuals in our music community, the live audience, and the hundreds of employees who work tirelessly to produce our program.”
However, the joint statement implied that the show would go on — a “future date” for the 64th annual gala will be “announced soon,” according to the statement.
Due to a surge of COVID-19 cases in California, last year’s awards show in and near the Los Angeles Convention Center was moved from January to March.