Grammy Awards Postponed Due to Omicron Surge, New Date Not Set

The Recording Academy announced Wednesday that the 2022 Grammy Awards will be postponed due to a surge in COVID-19. This marks the second year in a row that the Grammys have been moved because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The show was rescheduled for January 31. A new date for the how has not been announced.

Grammy Award Trophy Postponed COVID
The Grammy Awards scheduled for January 31 have been postponed due to the ongoing pandemic. In this photo a Grammy trophy is pictured in Los Angeles on February 11, 2007. GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty

A joint Statement from the Recording Academy and CBS was provided to Newsweek about the decision.

"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 statement said.

It continued, "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 31 simply contains too many risks. We look forward to celebrating Music's Biggest Night on a future date, which will be announced soon."

Jazz composer Jon Batiste led the Grammy nominations this year with 11 nods, including for both album and record of the year. The Daily Show's Trevor Noah is still scheduled to return as the show's host this year.

No details have been announced about other planned Grammy Week events, such as the Clive Davis Pre-Grammy Gala and the MusiCares Person of the Year concert, which was set to honor Joni Mitchell.

Last year's Grammys was postponed by six weeks. When the show aired in mid-March, it recorded an all-time low in ratings with a drop of 53 percent from the year before, according to Nielsen.

Also on Wednesday, the Sundance Film Festival announced its 2022 event will be online-only due to the COVID surge. This is also the second year in the row for Sundance to shift plans after last year's festival also shifted to virtual.

The cinema event will maintain its same schedule of January 20-30.

"While it is a deep loss to not have the in-person experience in Utah, we do not believe it is safe nor feasible to gather thousands of artists, audiences, employees, volunteers, and partners from around the world, for an eleven-day festival while overwhelmed communities are already struggling to provide essential services," representatives from Sundance said in a statement.

Update 01/05/22 4:00 p.m. ET: This story has been updated to include information about the Sundance Film Festival's announcement of shifting to a virtual event.