Grammys postpone ceremony over COVID-19 concerns

LOS ANGELES — For the second year in a row, the Grammy Awards have been postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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On Wednesday, the Recording Academy and CBS released a joint statement saying the 64th annual ceremony, which was scheduled for Jan. 31, was postponed, The New York Times reported. The statement cited the rise in COVID-19 cases from the omicron variant saying, “The health and safety of those in our music community, the live audience, and the hundreds of people who work tirelessly t produce our show remains our top priority.”

While the statement said the show would be postponed, no new date was immediately announced. Last year’s Grammy Awards was delayed from Jan. 31 to March 14 because of a similar spike in COVID-19 cases, USA Today reported.

The 2022 show was scheduled to take place at the Arena (formerly known as the Staples Center), which is booked nearly every night until mid-April, Variety reported.

While several events leading up to the Grammys are scheduled, including a tribute to Joni Mitchell benefitting MusiCares, the Recording Academy has not specified any changes to those events yet, The New York Times reported.