Advertisement

Grammy Awards ceremony postponed due to Omicron variant risks

A decorative grammy is seen before the start of the 63rd annual Grammy Awards at the Los Angeles Convention Center on March 14, 2021. AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File

The upcoming Grammy Awards were postponed Wednesday due to what organizers called “too many risks” due to the Omicron variant. No new date has been announced.

The ceremony had been scheduled for Jan. 31st in Los Angeles with a live audience and performances.

The Recording Academy said it made the decision to postpone the ceremony “after careful consideration and analysis with city and state officials, health and safety experts, the artist community and our many partners.”

Breaking news from Canada and around the world sent to your email, as it happens.
For news impacting Canada and around the world, sign up for breaking news alerts delivered directly to you when they happen.

Get breaking National news

For news impacting Canada and around the world, sign up for breaking news alerts delivered directly to you when they happen.
By providing your email address, you have read and agree to Global News' Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy.

“Given the uncertainty surrounding the omicron variant, holding the show on January 31st simply contains too many risks,” the Recording Academy said in a statement.

The move was announced around the same time the Sundance Film Festival cancelled its in-person programming set to begin on Jan. 20 and shifted to an online format.

Story continues below advertisement

The multitalented Jon Batiste is the leading nominee for this year’s honours, grabbing 11 nods in a variety of genres including R&B, jazz, American roots music, classical and music video.

Justin Bieber, Doja Cat and H.E.R. are tied for the second-most nominations with eight apiece.

Sponsored content

AdChoices