Amidst a surge in Covid-19 cases across the world, the prestigious Grammy Awards ceremony which was earlier slated for January 31, 2022 now stands postponed. The organisers of the event, CBS and The Recording Academy issued a joint statement saying that the event has been pushed back.
The Grammy Award is considered the world's most prestigious award in the music world. The 64th Grammy Awards were to be held on January 31 in Los Angeles, the United States of India. However now, with the spike in Covid-19 cases, especially the new variant Omicron, the organisers have chosen to push back the dates.
The 2022 edition was expected to see a return to the usual arena-style celebration at Los Angeles' Staples Center. But that seems unlikely now. The show was scheduled at the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles with The Daily Show's Trevor Noah as host once again.
The Recording Academy said it made the decision to postpone the ceremony "after careful consideration and analysis with city and state officials, health and safety experts, the artist community and our many partners".
"Given the uncertainty surrounding the omicron variant, holding the show on January 31st simply contains too many risks," the Academy said in a statement.
The Grammy Awards were moved from January to March last year because of the pandemic and an increase in Covid-19 cases. The presentation eventually took place in the Los Angeles Convention Center, mostly outside, with a smaller in-person crowd.
Nominations for the awards were revealed on November 23, with projects released between September 1, 2020, and September 30, 2021, being eligible. Jon Batiste topped the group with 11 nominations, while Justin Bieber and R&B singer H.E.R tied for second with eight. After receiving three nominations, rapper Jay-Z became the most nominated artist in the show's history, with 83 nods.