The American National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences’ Grammy Awards ceremony has been postponed indefinitely because of a coronavirus, organizers said.
“After careful review 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,” a statement on the awards website reads.
It is noted that the ceremony, scheduled for Jan. 31, “involves too many risks” because of a new strain of the Omicron coronavirus. A new date will reportedly be announced at a later date.
Last year, the Grammys were also moved from Jan. 31 to March 14. In addition, it was decided to change the venue from the Staples Center Arena, now called Crypto.com Arena, to the larger Los Angeles Convention Center.
Nominations for the 2022 Grammy Awards were announced Nov. 23. Performer John Batiste received the most nominations – 11. He is followed by Doja Cat, H.E.R. and Justin Bieber, who received eight nominations each.
This year, for the first time in Grammy history, 10 performers were nominated in each category of the so-called “Big Four” – album, record and song of the year, as well as best new artist.