Grammy Awards postponed indefinitely over Omicron

This yr’s Grammy Awards ceremony honoring high achievements in music has been postponed indefinitely as a result of speedy unfold of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, organizers stated on Wednesday.

The present was set to happen on the Crypto.com Area in downtown Los Angeles and air reside on the CBS community on January 31.

“Given the uncertainty surrounding the Omicron variant, working the present on January 31 merely includes too many dangers,” CBS and the Recording Academy stated in a joint assertion.

A brand new date could be introduced shortly, the assertion stated.

The nominations for the awards had been introduced in November.

Pianist and bandleader Jon Batiste led a discipline that stretched from rap to jazz music, embracing newcomers from teen pop sensation Olivia Rodrigo to veteran crooner Tony Bennett, 95, who received his first Grammy in 1963.

The 2021 Grammy awards had been additionally postponed as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.

The ceremony befell in March fairly than January and featured a mixture of pre-recorded and reside segments in entrance of a small, socially distancing crowd.

Organizers had hoped to return this yr to one thing nearer to the standard celebration with a big crowd on the former Staples Middle, now referred to as the Crypto.com Area.

Late-night tv host Trevor Noah was tapped to host the occasion.

CBS and the Recording Academy stated they consulted native officers, well being consultants and performers earlier than deciding to scrap the January date.

“The well being and security of these in our music neighborhood, the reside viewers and the tons of of people that work tirelessly to provide our present stays our high precedence,” they stated.

Different leisure trade occasions have been postponed or scaled again.

The organizers of this month’s Sundance Movie Competition in Park Metropolis, Utah, stated Tuesday they’d canceled in-person occasions and could be placing them on-line.

The Critics Alternative Awards, set for this Sunday, have been postponed with no new date scheduled.

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