The 2022 Grammys were supposed to be right around the corner, but it might be a while before the Recording Academy rolls out the red carpet. This year’s show was slated to take place on Monday, Jan. 31, at the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles. However, after whispers that the show may be postponed due to the Omicron variant outbreak, that’s exactly what happened. The Recording Academy has officially halted show planning and has yet to announce a new date for the ceremony.
After last year’s show got delayed from January to March due to the coronavirus lockdown, things finally seemed like they were getting back on track ahead of 2022. Sadly, it was announced on Jan. 5 that this year’s show would follow a similar path.
The Recording Academy released a statement 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 read. “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,” the statement continued.
It’s a tough break for this year’s nominees to see the show get pushed back for the second year in a row. In 2021, the show was supposed to happen on Jan. 31, but just a few weeks before it aired, the Recording Academy announced it changed the date to March 14 because of the spike in COVID-19 cases in Los Angeles. “Nothing is more important than the health and safety of those in our music community and the hundreds of people who work tirelessly on producing the show,” Harvey Mason jr., the Chair & Interim President/CEO of the Recording Academy, said in a statement to Variety at the time.
Until a new date gets announced for the 2022 show, it seems like the music industry is once again on hold, and fans will have to stay tuned for further details.
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