UPDATE: The Grammys have officially been postponed. After much consideration, the Recording Academy announced on Wednesday (Jan. 5) that the show would not be happening citing coronavirus-related concerns, according to Variety.
A joint statement from the Recording Academy and its television partner, CBS, reads:
“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.”
The 64th Annual Grammy Awards could possibly be postponed due to the COVID-19 Omicron variant after originally being slated for Jan. 31 at Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles.
According to Billboard, the MusiCares gala that was set for Jan. 29 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, and the Recording Academy’s Pre-Grammy Gala, scheduled for Jan. 30 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif, would also be postponed.
Trevor Noah, host of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show With Trevor Noah, hosted last year’s show and is returning this year to host the show.
In 2021, the Grammys were delayed after a spike in COVID-19 cases in Los Angeles. The show was initially meant to air on Jan. 31 but was later scheduled for March 14.
The 2022 Grammy nominations were announced last November with musician Jon Batiste leading the categories with 11 nods. Doja Cat and H.E.R. each snagged eight nominations.
BET previously reported that Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Jay-Z also made history this year as the most Grammy-nominated artist ever with one nom for Album of the Year for his contribution on Kanye West’s DONDA, and two for Best Rap Song for his work on West’s “Jail,” and DMX’s “Bath Salts.”
Those three nods now place him at 83 total nominations over the course of his decorated career. His new record has also surpassed Quincy Jones who has a total of 80 nominations.
In other Grammy news, the Recording Academy confirmed that Drake withdrew his two 2022 Grammy nominations in early Dec. 2021.
The Certified Lover Boy artist was nominated for Best Rap Album and Best Rap Performance for his single “Way 2 Sexy.”