The 64th Annual Grammy Awards was slated for January 31st at the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles. For several days rumors swirled that the award show would be postponed. On Wednesday, the Recording Academy issued a statement confirming that the surge in COVID-19 cases forced them to make the tough decision.
“Given the uncertainty surrounding the Omicron variant, holding the show on January 31st simply contains too many risks,” the statement read.
Los Angeles County is currently experiencing a massive outbreak of COVID-19. A testing site in the county recently encountered the first U.S. case of “flurona,” which is a combination of both influenza and coronavirus.
Several of hip-hop’s greatest are nominated for Best Rap Album, including Tyler, The Creator for his DJ Drama produced “CALL ME IF YOU GET LOST,” and J. Cole’s “The Off-Season.”
It remains unclear when and if the ceremony will be rescheduled.
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