2022 Grammys postponed due to COVID-19

The awards show had been scheduled for Jan. 31.

January 05, 2022, 4:09 PM

For the second year in a row, the Grammy Awards will not take place on Jan. 31 as originally planned because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Recording Academy has delayed this year's ceremony, which was to be hosted again by Trevor Noah, the academy said in a 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 organization announced on Wednesday.

The Recording Academy continued, "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."

At this time, the organization has not announced a new date.

Last year's awards, where Beyonce and Taylor Swift largely reigned supreme, were postponed until March 14 and held outside at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

The Grammys are just the latest awards show to be postponed due to COVID-19. The Critics Choice Awards, set to be held Jan. 9, were postponed in late December, while the Golden Globes, already reeling from a racial scandal, announced a majorly scaled-down ceremony on Tuesday.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released data over the weekend indicating that the U.S. is averaging nearly 500,000 new cases each day. Last year, the U.S. was averaging 216,000 new cases a day, though now, hospital admissions and daily deaths are much lower.

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