The 2022 Grammy Awards may be postponed in light of COVID-19 and the dominant Omicron variant. Multiple sources confirmed the news to Billboard; another person with direct knowledge confirmed that the delay is “looking likely.”
The news of the Grammys‘ potential postponement comes nearly a year after last year’s scaled-back rendition of the annual show. The March 2021 event aired two months after its initial date — a decision made by members of the Recording Academy.
“After thoughtful conversations with health experts, our host and artists scheduled to appear, we are rescheduling the 63rd Annual GRAMMY Awards to be broadcast Sunday, March 14, 2021,” they wrote at the time. “The deteriorating COVID situation in Los Angeles, with hospital services being overwhelmed, ICUs having reached capacity, and new guidance from state and local governments have all led us to conclude that postponing our show was the right thing to do. Nothing is more important than the health and safety of those in our music community and the hundreds of people who work tirelessly on producing the show.”
The 2022 iteration of music’s biggest night is scheduled for Jan. 31 at Los Angeles’ Crypto.com Arena. Trevor Noah will return as the master of ceremonies, entertaining the audience alongside a group of performers who were not yet disclosed. Awards will also be distributed. A list of nominees were announced in November.
Leading the nominations is Jon Batiste, who snagged 11 nods. Justin Bieber, Doja Cat and H.E.R. have each been nominated eight times. YoungBoy Never Broke Again and Saweetie became first-time nominees, while veteran Kanye West — whose Donda is up for Album of the Year — secured his 75th nod, and JAY-Z made Recording Academy history. According to REVOLT, the Brooklyn star earned three nominations, bringing his total number to 83. He has surpassed Quincy Jones’ previous record of 80 nods.