Billboard, citing an unnamed source “with direct knowledge” of the situation, claimed it was “looking likely” that the annual event will be pushed back as the Omicron variant of the virus continues spreading across America at an alarming rate.
As of writing, no official announcement regarding a postponement of the 2022 Grammy Awards had been made. The Twitter account of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences — the Grammys’ parent organization — still lists the original date, Jan. 31, for this year’s event.
If a postponement did come to fruition, it would mark the second year in a row that the award show, dubbed “music’s biggest night,” had been altered as a result of the pandemic. Last year’s edition was originally scheduled for Jan. 31, 2021, but was pushed back to March 14. The event was also a much more stripped back affair than previous Grammys, moved from Staples Center (now called Crypto.com Arena) to the nearby Los Angeles Convention Center, and held without the customary crowd of thousands of attendees.
Like this time last year, Los Angeles finds itself in the midst of a significant spike in COVID cases. The area is averaging more than 20,000 positive tests a day since Christmas.
The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah is set to host the 2022 Grammys, reprising his role from last year. Paul McCartney, AC/DC, Foo Fighters, Wolfgang Van Halen, Jimi Hendrix, George Harrison and Chris Cornell are among the nominated rockers.
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In spite of the ongoing pandemic, music soldiered on.