Avoid Omicron Spread, Grammy Awards Event Postponed

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The Grammy Awards, scheduled to take place this month, have been postponed. With so many risky variants of Omicron spreading, its organizers announced on Wednesday (5/1) that the event has been postponed and has yet to schedule a new date for the prestigious awards event for musicians.

The awards ceremony was previously scheduled to take place on January 31, 2022, in Los Angeles with an audience participation and live performance. Recording Academy organizers said the decision to postpone the event was made “after careful consideration and analysis with a number of state and city officials, health and safety experts, the artist community, and many other partners.”

Musician Jon Batiste arrives at the Oscars ceremony, which will be held on April 25, 2021 in Los Angeles. Batiste leads the 2022 Grammy nominations with 11 nominations. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, Pool)

“Given the uncertainty (situation) surrounding the Omicron variant, it’s too risky to hold the event on January 31,” Recording Academy said in a statement.

The move was announced around the same time as the cancellation of the in-person Sundance Film Festival, which was supposed to kick off on January 20 but has since been shifted to an online format.

Multi-talented musician Jon Batiste leads this year’s award nominations with 11 nominations across a variety of music genres, including R&B, jazz, American folk or folk music, classical rhythms and music videos.

Justin Bieber, Doja Cat, and HER are second on the list of musicians to receive multiple nominations, with eight nominations each. [mg/ka]

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