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Grammy Awards 2022 postponed amid Omicron surge

By Rajan Nath -- January 06, 2022 11:25 am -- Updated:January 06, 2022 11:28 am

The 2022 Grammy Awards will not take place as scheduled amid a spike in Covid-19 cases, fuelled by the emergence of the Omicron variant.

As per the report, the 2022 Grammy Awards, which celebrates the best in music, has been postponed until further notice. The Recording Academy and CBS made the announcement in a joint statement on Wednesday.

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"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 remain our top priority," the statement read.

"Given the uncertainty surrounding the Omicron variant, holding the show on Jan. 31 simply contains too many risks. We look forward to celebrating music's biggest night on a future date, which will be announced soon," the statement concluded.

This is the second year in a row that the award ceremony has been postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, reported People magazine.

Last year, the show was postponed until March, and shortly after the announcement, Harvey Mason Jr., CEO of the Recording Academy told Entertainment Tonight that the decision was made "based on the decline of the health circumstances around Los Angeles and the country" amid the ongoing pandemic.

"It didn't feel like the right time to be having the show on Jan. 31," he previously said.

He added, "Covid-19 has had a big impact on our planning process and how we're putting the show together. As we move to our March 14 date, it'll give us a little more flexibility to watch what happens and to have more conversations with health officials and continue to evolve the show."

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-PTC News

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