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Music’s Grammy Awards indefinitely postponed as Omicron spreads | Life-style

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) — This yr’s Grammy Awards ceremony honoring prime performances in music has been postponed indefinitely due to the fast unfold of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, organizers stated on Wednesday.

The present had been scheduled to happen at an enviornment in downtown Los Angeles and broadcast dwell on the CBS community on Jan. 31.

“Given the uncertainty surrounding the Omicron variant, holding the present on January 31 merely comprises too many dangers,” CBS and the Recording Academy stated in a joint assertion, including {that a} new date could be introduced quickly.

Nominations for the awards had been introduced in November. Pianist and bandleader Jon Batiste led a discipline that spanned rap to jazz music and embraced newcomers from teen pop sensation Olivia Rodrigo to veteran crooner Tony Bennett, 95, who received his first Grammy in 1963.

The 2021 Grammy awards additionally had been postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The ceremony was staged in March as an alternative of January and included a mixture of pre-recorded and dwell segments in entrance of a small, socially distanced crowd.

Organizers had hoped to return this yr to one thing nearer to the normal celebration with a big viewers inside the previous Staples Middle, now known as Area. Late-night tv host Trevor Noah had been tapped to host the occasion.

CBS and the Recording Academy stated they consulted native officers, well being consultants and artists earlier than deciding to scrap the January date.

“The well being and security of these in our music group, the dwell viewers and the a whole bunch of people that work tirelessly to supply our present stays our prime precedence,” they stated.

Different leisure business occasions have been delayed or scaled again.

Organizers of this month’s Sundance Movie Competition in Park Metropolis, Utah, stated on Tuesday they’d canceled in-person occasions and would transfer them on-line.

The Critics Alternative Awards, which had been set for this Sunday, have been postponed with no new date scheduled.

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