Grammy Awards Delayed Indefinitely Due to the Omicron Surge

Billie Eilish at the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards in March 2021.
Billie Eilish at the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards in March 2021. Photo by Jay L Clendenin/Los Angeles Times/Shutterstock (11799890ak)

There’s been a lot of rumors circling around about the potential delay of the upcoming Grammy Awards and the Recording Academy just made things official. The 64th Annual Grammy Awards have been put on hold in the face of the Omicron surge.

The Recording Academy and CBS announced they’re postponing the ceremony in a joint statement, explaining they made this decision after careful consideration and analysis with city and state officials, health and safety experts.

“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,” reads the statement.

The Grammys were originally scheduled to be held on January 31, with Trevor Noah serving as host. It’s unclear what the future holds for this ceremony and we’re yet to see if other major award shows will follow suit and be postponed.

Jon Batiste topped this year’s list of Grammy nominees with a total of 11 nods, including the album and record of the year. He’s followed by Doja Cat, H.E.R., and Justin Bieber with eight nominations each.