Due to the recent surge of coronavirus infections, the 2022 Grammys ceremony has been postponed.
The Recording Academy announced the decision on their website, saying: “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.”
Despite the fact that preparations were already underway for the event, a handful of music execs and artists had expressed their concerns over the ongoing surge in COVID-19 cases, leading to the event’s postponement.
The Grammys was originally set to take place at the newly renamed Crypto.com Arena on January 31 in front of a full live audience, with last year’s host Trevor Noah making a return. Now, it’s expected to be held sometime in April or May, meaning that it will likely no longer be held at the Crypto.com Arena, as the venue is booked almost every night until mid-April.
According to Variety, the show also requires a 10-day-plus lockout of the venue in which they are held, a condition that will not fit the Crypto.com Arena’s schedule. Rumored moves to the Hollywood Bowl are rumors at most due to logistical reasons, while other major cities like Las Vegas are being considered.
Notable Grammy Week events like the MusiCares Person of the Year concert are likely to be moved to the week before the new date. The Clive Davis Pre-Grammy Gala is also planned to move to the night before the rescheduled Grammy ceremony.
Art Daniella Sison