Grammys postpone Grammy ceremony, citing Omicron variant risk

LOS ANGELES (AP), -- The Grammy Awards were delayed Wednesday, weeks before the Los Angeles ceremony. Organisers said there were "too many risk" from the omicron variant. This could signal the beginning of another year of awards season pandemics.

Grammys postpone Grammy ceremony, citing Omicron variant risk

A back-to-normal show was originally scheduled for January 31st at Arena, with live performances and an audience. However, no new date has been set. After careful consideration with officials from the city and state, safety experts, artists, and other partners, The Recording Academy decided to postpone its ceremony.

The academy released a statement saying that "given the uncertainty surrounding omicron variants, holding the show at January 31st simply involves too many risks,"

The Grammys were delayed last year due to coronavirus concerns. The show was moved from mid-January to mid-March. It was attended by a small audience of nominees and guests who were gathered in and around Los Angeles Convention Center.

Beyonce and Taylor Swift were both big stars on the night, but the Grammys live performances set them apart from other award shows. There was no significant crowd, and many of the performances were pre-taped.

The academy statement stated that they look forward to Music's Biggest night on a future date. This will be announced soon.

It could prove difficult to find a date due to the presence of two professional basketball teams as well as a hockey team in the arena. In its statement, the Recording Academy did not mention a possible venue shift.

This announcement was made at the same time that the Sundance Film Festival cancelled its Jan. 20 in-person programming and moved to an online format.

Jon Batiste, multitalented and talented, is the most prominent nominee this year. He has received 11 nominations across a range of genres, including R&B, jazz American roots music, classical, and music video.

Justin Bieber and Doja Cat are tied for the second-most nominations with eight each. They are tied for second with eight nominations each.

The Grammys move could signal the start of a new round of award-show rescheduling following another winter coronavirus outbreak. In February, the Screen Actors Guild Awards were scheduled and March's Academy Awards are planned.