GRAMMY Awards 2022 postponed due to rising COVID cases
The ceremony was due to take place on January 31
The GRAMMY Awards have been postponed for the second year running due to concerns over the spread of COVID-19.
On Monday, January 31, the 64th GRAMMY Awards were due to be held at the Crypto.com Arena (previously known as the Staples Center) in Los Angeles.
Organisers have now confirmed the award event, branded "music's biggest night", has been rescheduled due to the pandemic again.
A joint statement from the Recording Academy and CBS says:
“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 date for last year's event was initially set for January 31, 2021, however, it was pushed back to March 14.
Doja Cat and Billie Eilish have both received multiple nominations and are among those leading the 2022 nominations.
Jay-Z received three GRAMMY nominations for the 2022 event, overtaking Quincy Jones for the most nominations in the awards' history, with 83 nominations to date.
While electronic artists Caribou, James Blake, Black Coffee, Bonobo, and Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs have all received nominations.
Trevor Noah, the comedian and presenter of The Daily Show, is set to present for the second year in a row.