The 64th Grammy Awards are also postponed!
This year's 64th Grammy Awards, which traditionally award top musicians and musical performances, have been postponed indefinitely.
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This year's 64th Grammy Awards, which traditionally award top musicians and musical performances, have been postponed indefinitely due to fears of the rapid spread of the omicron variant of the coronavirus, organizers announced Wednesday.
- After careful consideration and analysis with city and state officials, health and safety experts, the arts community, and our many partners, the Recording Academy and CBS have postponed the 64th annual GRAMMY Awards -- according to a statement at grammy.com.
The award ceremony was scheduled to take place at the Crypto.com Arena (formerly Staples Center) in downtown Los Angeles and air live on the CBS network on January 31.
"Given the uncertainty about the expansion of the omicron variant, holding an awards ceremony on January 31 is simply too risky," CBS and the Recording Academy (the School of Musicians and Music Professionals organizing the Grammy) said in a joint statement, adding that they would soon announce a new show date.
- The health and safety of those in our music community, the audience, and the hundreds of people who work tirelessly to produce our awards continue to be our top priority. We look forward to celebrating the biggest night of music in the future, and we will announce the date soon, they also added.
Some of the sources gave the information in the earlier weeks that the Recording Academy was in the process of looking for a new venue from which they could telecast amid a report that they are likely to postpone the whole thing.
“They’re having trouble finding a venue and they’re looking at the Hollywood Bowl because it’s outside,” one source said.
Nominations for the awards were announced in November.
Pianist and stay human bandleader, young African-American Jon Batiste has the highest number of nominations this year - in as many as 11 categories, with teenage pop sensation Olivia Rodrigo among the nominees, as well as music veteran Tony Bennett, 95, who won his first Grammy in 1963.
Trevor Noah of The Daily Show was due to host the awards show again this year.
In the meantime, some changes have been introduced. The four biggest categories - for song of the year, recording of the year, an album of the year, and best artist of the year - now have 10 nominations instead of eight, with the winners decided by a group of more than 11,000 members.
Last year's Grammy Awards were also postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Grammys are not the only award show that has been affected by the ongoing spread of the omicron variant. Just a couple of days ago, Golden Globes put out a statement that they were implementing certain changes when it comes to their award show.
Namely, even though the Golden Globes will be aired this year, the show will happen without the red carpet, press, audience, and celebrities and it will be broadcast on January 9th. Furthermore, just after the Grammys released a statement about postponing the show, the Sundance Festival joined the team and also announced certain changes due to the new spread of the virus.