The 64th Annual GRAMMY Awards have been postponed for the second consecutive year, following a spike in COVID-19 cases, fueled by the new Omicron variant.
On Wednesday (Jan. 5), The Recording Academy and CBS have made the tough decision to officially postponed “Music’s Biggest Night” due to the surge in COVID cases across the United States. The event, which was originally scheduled to take place on January 31, 2022, has been indefinitely postponed, according to a press release.
“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,” a statement read.
After careful consideration and analysis with city and state officials, health and safety experts, the artist community and our many partners, we have postponed the 64th #GRAMMYs. https://t.co/oMzV1U9Tsc
— Recording Academy / GRAMMYs (@RecordingAcad) January 5, 2022
The statement continued, “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 31 simply contains too many risks. We look forward to celebrating Music’s Biggest Night® on a future date, which will be announced soon.”
Music’s Biggest Night was scheduled to take place at Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles. The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah was set to serve as the show’s host once again.
The 2021 GRAMMYs were postponed from January to March last year due to the pandemic as well. When the show took place in March, they took place, mostly outside at the Los Angeles Convention Center with less in-person audience to be able to socially distance.