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Grammys postpone 2022 ceremony scheduled for late January, citing ‘too much risk’ due to omicron variation

The upcoming Grammy Awards ceremony was postponed to Wednesday due to what organizers called “too much risk” from the omicron variation. No new date has been announced.

The ceremony was scheduled for January 31 in Los Angeles with a live audience and performances. The Recording Academy said it made the decision to postpone the ceremony “after careful consideration and analysis with city and state officials, health and safety experts, the artist community and many of our partners.”

“Given the uncertainty surrounding the omicron variation, holding the show on January 31 simply entails too much risk,” the academy said in a statement.

Last year, like most major awards ceremonies in early 2021, the Grammys were postponed due to coronavirus concerns. The show was moved from late January to mid-March and was held with an idle audience consisting primarily of nominees and their guests in and around the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Many performances were pre-recorded, and none were performed in front of significant crowds.

Grammy was scheduled this year to return to its traditional home next door, Crypto.com Arena, formerly the Staples Center.

“We look forward to celebrating Music’s Biggest Night at a future date, which will soon be announced,” the academy said in a statement.

Figuring out that date can be tricky, with two professional basketball teams and one hockey team dominating the arena. The Recording Academy did not mention the possibility of a change of location in its statement.

The move was announced at the same time that the Sundance Film Festival was canceling live programming that began on January 20 and moving to an online format.

The multi-talented Jon Batiste is the front-runner for this year’s title, winning 11 nods in a variety of genres including R&B, jazz, American-born, classical and music video.

Justin Bieber, Doja Cat and HER are ranked in the second most nominations with eight each.

The Grammy’s move could be the start of another round of awards show rescheduling, with the Screen Actors Guild Awards scheduled for February and the Academy Awards in March.

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