Is the Grammy Awards at Risk from the Pandemic?

(ETX Daily Up) – This is the most anticipated event by all music professionals. The 64th Grammy Awards are scheduled to take place on January 31 in Los Angeles. But the pandemic casts a shadow over the smooth course of the event.

Cancel or not cancel: that is the question the music world is asking about the 64th Grammy Awards. The Recording Academy will most likely postpone the event to a later date due to the spread of the Omicron variant, according to Billboard. This would be the second year in a row that the awards ceremony has not taken place in January due to the health crisis.

The 63rd Grammy Awards were held on March 14, following an explosion of Covid-19 cases in Los Angeles during the first months of 2021. The ceremony did not take place at the Staples Center (the former name of Crypto.com Arena), as originally planned, but at the Los Angeles Convention Center. A change which made it possible to reduce the number of spectators present at the event.

A ceremony between postponement and changes

If the Recording Academy has not yet confirmed the postponement of the 64th Grammy Awards, the 2022 edition of the awards ceremony will be synonymous with change. The organizers of the event announced in May the end of its “secret” committees. Each year, the Academy brings together music professionals to serve on its nominations review committees in 61 of the 84 categories of its music awards. These committees review the choices of the Recording Academy’s thousands of voters to determine the ballot. A work that aims to protect the integrity of the award ceremony, according to the American organization.

However, this process has been heavily criticized by artists like Jay-Z, Drake, Kanye West, Zayn Malik, and Frank Ocean. The Weeknd had been particularly vocal at the committee in November 2020, after learning he was not nominated for the Grammys despite the commercial success of his fourth album, “After Hours”. “The Grammys Remain Corrupt. You owe Us, Me and My Fans, and the Industry [musicale], transparency … “, he was indignant on Twitter.

Another major change for the 64th Grammy Awards: the addition of two new categories. One to reward the best world musical performance and the other the best album “música urbana”. Rauw Alejandro, Bad Bunny, J Balvin, KAROL G and Kali Uchis are nominated in the latter category. But it’s Jon Batiste, a 35-year-old African-American jazzman and pianist, who dominates the award nominations, far ahead of Justin Bieber, Doja Cat, HER and Billie Eilish.