The upcoming 2022 Grammy Awards have been postponed indefinitely due to surging COVID-19 cases in the US.
The Recording Academy and CBS have confirmed that the 64th Annual Awards ceremony, which was scheduled to take place on January 31, has been delayed indefinitely because of concerns over the rising cases of the Omicron variant of COVID-19.
“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 official postponement announcement said.
“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.”
On Wednesday, the United States set the world record for highest number of new daily COVID-19 cases, with 869,187 cases reported.
The Sundance Film Festival have also announced that this year’s festival, scheduled to take place on January 20, will be held virtually instead of an in-person event due to the rising cases of COVID-19.