The 64th Grammy Awards have been postponed due to a nationwide rise in COVID-19 infections caused by the Omicron strain.
This comes as the COVID-19 omicron variant outbreak in the world continues. On Monday, the United States reported more than 1 million new COVID-19 cases, the highest daily total for any country since the pandemic began.
The Recording Academy and CBS on Wednesday in a joint statement said, “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 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.”
This is the second year in a row the award show has been put off. Last year’s event was also impacted by the COVID 19 pandemic, but its rescheduled date was among the earliest returns to an in-person format.
No new date has been announced.