Grammy Awards Postponed Due to Omicron Concerns

2021-01-07

Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters performing amid a blue background and bright blue lights during a show in Detroit, Michigan.

Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters – Story by Anne Erickson, photo by Ken Settle

The Grammy Awards were set to take place on Jan. 31 but have been postponed due to surging COVID-19 numbers

In a move that was highly expected, organizers behind the 64th Annual GRAMMY Awards Show have announced the show will no longer happen on Jan. 31.

The Recording Academy and CBS released a joint statement saying the reason for the postponement is the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 omicron variant, noting that moving ahead with the show would hold too much risk. The event was set to take the stage at Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles. Trevor Noah was slated to host the show and will serve as host for the future date.

“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,” the statement reads. It adds that a new date for the show will be revealed “soon.” Omicron is currently causing a surge in COVID-19 cases across the U.S.

This year’s top Grammy nominee is musician Jon Batiste, who is up for 11 Grammys, more than any other musician. Among the many nominations are the coveted album of the year and record of the year awards for “We Are” and “Freedom,” respectively. Other popular acts include Justin Beiber, H.E.R. and Doja Cat, who each got eight nominations.

As for rock, the 2022 nominees for best rock performance include AC/DC for Foo Fighters (pictured above) for “Making a Fire,” “Shot in the Dark,” Black Pumas for “Know You Better (Live From Capitol Studio A),” the late Chris Cornell for “Nothing Compares 2 U,” Deftones for “Ohms.” For best metal performance, 2022 nominees include Deftones with “Genesis,” Dream Theater for “The Alien,” Gojira with “Amazonia,” Mastodon for “Pushing the Tides” and Rob Zombie for “The Triumph Of King Freak (A Crypt Of Preservation And Superstition).”

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