The 64th Grammy Awards have been postponed indefinitely due to the uncertainty surrounding Omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus. The decision was made jointly my the Recording Academy and its broadcast partner CBS.
The following is a Joint Statement from the Recording Academy and CBS:
“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 31st simply contains too many risks. We look forward to celebrating Music’s Biggest Night on a future date, which will be announced soon.”
The event was scheduled to be held at the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles. According to a report by Variety, the arena is booked solid with basketball, hockey, and concerts nearly every night until April, but there was pressure from both artist and music industry executives about holding the events – leading to the indefinite postponement.
No rescheduled date has been set, but the Variety Report also says a target date of April or May is being set for the Grammys. Because the Crypto.com arena will still be heavy with scheduled dates, alternate locations or timeframes may be considered.