The 2022 Grammy Awards were set to be the ceremony’s big comeback. The Recording Academy anticipated a packed house in Los Angeles to welcome a return to normal. Once again, that will not be the case.

A rise in COVID-19 cases in the area have led organizers to postpone the Grammys. The Academy and CBS issued a joint statement making the announcement. The awards show has not yet been rescheduled.

“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 postponement is another black eye for the once-prestigious Grammy Awards. Several artists have either publicly shown disdain for the show or completely boycotted it. Drake completely withdrew his nominations this year. This is a nightmare scenario for the Academy.

Last year’s Grammy Awards were scaled back significantly because of the virus. The hope was to have a full house this year. The show now stands in limbo as its promoters scramble to make other plans.

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Michael Perry

Michael Perry is a news contributor for Ringside News and Thirsty for News. Michael has an M.A. in Communication Technology from Point Park University in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.

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