2022 Grammy’s postponed

Spikes in the ongoing COVID-19 crisis have pushed the popular award show back until April

Maya Martin, Arts & Culture Editor

This year’s 64th annual Grammys award show has been postponed from January 31 to April 3 due to the growing omicron cases and COVID-19 dangers.

At the beginning of every calendar year, music artists around the nation are recognized for their dedication to making music and the original works they create. This year the award ceremony is to take place at the MGM Grand Arena in L.A. and recognizes artists who released music from September 1, 2020 through September 30, 2021. Unfortunately, due to ongoing risks with the omicron variant, it was decided to postpone in favor of public health.

The Recording Academy and CBS announced, “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.”

After hosting the 2021 Grammys, comedian and “The Daily Show” Host Trevor Noah is back again hosting this year’s ceremony. Coincidentally, the event which was also supposed to take place last year on January 31, was postponed six weeks because of another spike in the virus.

After hosting last year’s Grammys, Noah stated, “We had such a good time, imagine if we had people there, how much more fun we would have had.”

Although being pushed back, the event will have an audience to watch as the 86 categories are displayed and the awards are presented. This year the competition is more fierce than ever with big names flooding all categories. Even new artists are getting their names announced with nominations for the best new artist including Olivia Rodrigo, The Kid LAROI and FINNEAS. For the record of the year, popular artists including Lil Nas X, Olivia Rodrigo, Justin Bieber and more are nominated. Even ABBA made a comeback with their hit song “I Still Have Faith in You” making it to the record of the year nominations.

Although disappointed that we will have to wait until April to watch the award ceremony, there is so much talent this year that will be worth the wait. After this big wave of the omicron variant, hopefully, venues will be back to running safely and precariously enough to host big events like the 64th annual Grammys.