The 2022 Grammys will be postponed due to Omicron variant surge

The 2022 Grammys will be postponed due to Omicron variant surge Recording Academy logo in 2019. Photo by Lisa Lake/Getty Images for the Recording Academy  

In a statement released on Wednesday, the Recording Academy and CBS announced the postponement of the 2022 Grammys due to the rise in the Omicron variant. The ceremony was originally scheduled for January 31, and no new date was revealed.

It’s the second year in a row that the pandemic has forced the Recording Academy to reschedule the awards show. In 2021 a spike in COVID-19 cases in California caused the Grammys to be rescheduled from January 31, 2021 to March 14.

Read the full statement below:

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 31 simply contains too many risks. We look forward to celebrating Music’s Biggest Night® on a future date, which will be announced soon.

The 2022 Grammy nominations were revealed in November. Doja Cat received eight nominations including Record of the Year and Album of the Year, while Billie Eilish picked up seven.