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04 January 2022

Grammy Awards 2022 Likely To Be Postponed

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The Recording Academy is likely to postpone the 64th annual Grammy Awards, originally set for 31 January 2022 at Arena in Los Angeles, to a later date due to the omicron variant, according to Billboard. A source with direct knowledge says the delay is “looking likely.”

This would be the second year in a row that the Grammys have been postponed due to COVID-19. Last year’s show was originally set for 31 January 2021, but it was delayed to 14 March due to a spike in COVID-19 cases in Los Angeles. At that time, the show was also relocated from Staples Center (the former name of Arena) to the nearby Los Angeles Convention Center, which allowed for less crowding.

Trevor Noah, host of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show With Trevor Noah, hosted last year’s show and is also set to host this year’s show.

The Recording Academy is known to prefer to hold the show in an arena at full capacity since they get considerable ticket revenue. They would lose that if they hold a scaled-back show like they did last year.

This year’s, Grammy nominations were announced on 23 November 2021. The nominations saw several musicians’ names appearing twice in the most prestigious categories, including Album Of The Year. Celebrated artists such as Kanye West, Chris Brown, and Taylor Swift were among the few nominees set to compete against each other. However, a revision of Grammy’s nominations removed Taylor Swift from one of her chances to win the award due to an incorrect submission. Despite losing one nomination, Taylor Swift still has chances to take home the award for her own album Evermore, which also credits Jack Antonoff as a songwriter and producer.

This year’s Grammy nominations were announced on Nov. 23, 2021. Jon Batiste is the top nominee with 11 nods, followed by Doja Cat, H.E.R., and Justin Bieber with eight nods each. This year marks the first time that the Grammys have had 10 nominees in each of their so-called Big Four categories — album, record and song of the year plus best new artist.

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