Omicron: Grammy Awards postponed
EVENTS This year’s Grammy Awards have been postponed following the spread of the Omicron COVID-19 variant, organizers said Wednesday.
The most prestigious awards ceremony for the musician was previously scheduled to take place in downtown Los Angeles and aired live on the CBS network on Jan. 31.
“Given the uncertainty surrounding the Omicron variant, it is too risky to continue the show,” CBS and the Recording Academy said in a joint statement.
A new date will be announced soon, they added.
Last year’s Grammy Awards were also postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was initially planned to be held in January but only took place in March.
CBS and the Recording Academy said they had talked to authorities, health experts and artists before deciding to postpone the event.
“Their health and safety in the music community, the live audience and the hundreds of crew who work tirelessly, is our top priority,” they said.
In addition to the Grammys, Omicron also affected several other awards events in Hollywood.
The organizers of this month’s Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, on Tuesday announced, they have physically canceled the event and will run it online.
The Critics Choice Awards, scheduled for next Sunday, are also postponed.