The Recording Academy (producers of the Grammys) and CBS have announced the postponement of the 64th Annual GRAMMY Awards event as a result of the surge of the Omicron variant.
What’s interesting is they do not bother announcing the new date, and by default, the postponement is now reported by the press as indefinite. Indeed, for most event producers especially in the entertainment business, it is a time of uncertainty with respect to COVID. It, therefore, makes sense and the most prudent thing to take a wait-and-see approach by moving activities virtually or postponing them.
See the statement from the organizers below.
I’ve also shared one of my 2020 memories of attending the event at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The day of the 2020 event was the day all attendees waiting for the event to begin received the shocking news of Kobe Bryant’s death (RIP). It definitely put a damper on our spirits, including during the post-event celebrations.
“The following is a Joint Statement from the Recording Academy and CBS:
“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.”
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