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Grammy Awards Postponed Indefinitely Amid Omicron Surge

By Kiani Shabazz

Following speculation and amid an unprecedented wave of Covid infectious fueled by the Omnicron variant, CBS and the Recording Academy have officially postponed the 64th Annual Grammy Awards. 

The awards show had been scheduled for Jan. 31; no new date has been set yet.

“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 companies said in a joint statement. “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.”

The 2021 Grammys, hosted by Trevor Noah, was one of the first major awards show to return to in-person format. It was praised for the way it handled the live production while following safety protocols. Noah was set to return as host for his second consecutive year for the 2022 awards show.

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