The 2022 Grammy Awards is likely to be postponed this month by The Recording Academy as a result of the troubling Omicron variant. 

As reported by Billboard, multiple sources have stated that postponement to a later date is almost an inevitability. The 64th Grammys were due to take place on Monday, January 31st in Los Angeles.

If postponement does occur, it would be the second consecutive year that the Grammys have been impacted by COVID-19. Last year’s show was pushed back from January 31st to March 14th due to an increase in COVID figures in L.A.. It was also moved from Staples Center to the Los Angeles Convention Center to allow for less crowding.

A similar move wouldn’t be favoured by The Recording Academy: they’re known to prefer to hold the show in a full capacity venue in order to garner as much ticket revenue as possible. As it stands though, a spokesman for The Recording Academy has emphasised that no final decision has been made yet.

The nominations for the 2022 Grammys were announced back in November. The Late Show with Stephen Colbert bandleader Jon Batiste led the way with 11 nominations, followed closely by Doja Cat, H.E.R., and Justin Bieber with eight nods apiece. Australia was also well-represented in the nominations list.

This year’s nominees list was notable for having a huge 10 nominees in each of the Big Four categories – Album, Record, and Song of the Year, as well as Best New Artist. According to a newly published report from the New York Times, the Grammys made the decision to expand the number of nominees in the main categories a mere 24 hours before the nominations lists for the 2022 ceremony were set to be announced.

The show is set to be hosted by The Daily Show host Trevor Noah, who also hosted last year’s show. Hamish Hamilton, who succeeded Louis J. Horvitz as director last year, is also set to return as director for the second year.

Watch announcement of the 2022 Grammy Awards nominations:


By: Conor Lochrie
Title: 2022 Grammy Awards likely to be postponed due to Omicron variant
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Published Date: Mon, 03 Jan 2022 23:35:33 +0000

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