There was a glimmer of hope that we were finally out of a pandemic throughout 2021. Rising vaccination numbers, the return of festivals and concerts, and the general freedom that made things feel as close to 2019 as possible. Unfortunately, Omicron came just in time for the holidays and things have seemingly returned to square one nearly two years after the initial outbreak.

The Grammys were expected to return in its traditional setting at the arena in Los Angeles. The venue is still expected to host basketball and hockey games, along with other events. However, sources close to Variety revealed that there’s been reluctance among artist and executives, which promoted the Academy to shift gears this year.

“The health and safety of those in our music community, the live audience, and the hundreds of people who work tirelessly to produce our show remains our top priority.  Given the uncertainty surrounding the Omicron variant, holding the show on January 31st simply contains too many risks.  We look forward to celebrating Music’s Biggest Night on a future date, which will be announced soon,” the statement reads.