2022 Grammys Officially Postponed Indefinitely Due to Omicron Spike

by Anna Dunn
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CBS and the Recording academy postponed the 2022 Grammy Awards due to a spike in the Omicron Variant. The Grammy Awards is one of the multiple events to delay or cancel due to the newest known COVID Variant.

A joint statement from the Recording Academy and its partner, CBS, confirms the news. CBS and the Recording academy scheduled the show for January 31st. There’s no word yet on a future date, other than it’s coming soon.

“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,” the recording academy and CBS state. “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”

Trevor Noah Will Still Host

The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah will host as planned. Noah got some very postivie feedback last year and has been asked back once again.

“Trevor was amazing as our host for the 63rd GRAMMY Awards with praise from the music community, music fans and critics,” Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason Jr. said in a press release. “We’re so excited to welcome Trevor back to the GRAMMYs stage and feel fortunate to once again have him hosting what we believe will be an unforgettable evening.”

George Cheeks, the CEO and Chief Content officer at CBS, echoed that sentiment.

“Trevor brought his trademark talent and versatility to last March’s GRAMMYs, and we can’t wait for him to host the event on CBS and Paramount+ again this year,” he said.

It looks like whenever the Grammys happen, Trevor will be on board.

Last Years Grammys Were Also Postponed

Last year’s Grammy awards also had to adjust due to COVID-19. The awards were also postponed and moved to a smaller convention center in Los Angeles. Instead of having a packed convention center, different rotations of nominees came in and out.

It also featured a combination of both Live and pre-recorded performances from the likes of Taylor Swift, Billie Eilish, Harry Styles, Megan Thee Stallion, and others.

Right now, Variety reports that CBS and The Recording Academy hope to have a full show this year. They also hope the show can have a live audience.

The 2022 Grammy Nominee list has John Batiste in the lead with 11 nods. Justin Bieber, Doja Cat, and H.E.R all have eight nominations. Billie Eilish and new artist Olivia Rodrigo both have 7 nominations.

Outsider will keep you updated on the Grammys as more information becomes available.