For the second year in a row, the Grammy Awards 2022 have been pushed back by the coronavirus pandemic.
The Recording Academy and CBS said in a joint statement on Thursday said that the 64th Grammy Awards have been postponed due to a nationwide spike in COVID-19 cases driven by the Omicron variant.
The much-anticipated music awards ceremony was scheduled to take place on January 31 but will be rescheduled for a future date.
“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 statement said.
“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. Given the uncertainty surrounding the Omicron variant, holding the show on January 31 simply contains too many risks.”
Nominations for this year’s awards were announced on November 23 and were chosen from projects released between September 1, 2020, and September 30, 2021.