The Recording Academy announced on Wednesday that the 2022 Grammy Awards will be postponed due to an increase in COVID-19. This is the second year in a row that the Grammy Award has been moved due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The show was moved to January 31st. A new date for how has not been announced.
A joint statement from the Recording Academy and CBS was given to Newsweek about the decision.
“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 statement said.
It continued: “Health and safety for 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, the show’s January 31st “simply too many risks. We look forward to celebrating Music’s biggest night on a future date, which will be announced soon.”
Jazz composer Jon Batiste led the Grammy nominations this year with 11 nods, including for both album and record of the year.
Last year’s Grammy was postponed by six weeks. When the program aired in mid-March, it noted a record low number of viewers with a 53 percent drop from the year before, according to Nielsen.
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