Grammy Awards postponed

Updated: US Music awards due on January 31 are now without a date.

The 64th Annual Grammy Awards, set for January 31 in Los Angeles, are facing postponement due to the rising Omicron variant.

Billboard reports a source with direct knowledge says it’s “looking likely.”

This would be the second year in a row that the Grammys have been postponed due to COVID-19. Last year’s show was delayed to March, relocating to Staples Center which allowed for less crowding.

The US Recording Academy is known to prefer to hold the show in an arena at full capacity since they get considerable ticket revenue. A spokesman emphasised that no decision has been made and urged caution against speculation.

Trevor Noah is set to host the event, which will screen in Australia this year on Seven.

Updated: CBS and the Recording Academy have released the following statement: “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. We look forward to celebrating ‘Music’s Biggest Night’ on a future date, which will be announced soon.”

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