Grammy Awards postponed due to COVID concerns

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Jamilla Zuniga

The 2022 Grammy Awards – taking place on April 3rd – will mark 64 years of music celebration.

Due to many complications surrounding COVID and the new Omicron variant, the highly anticipated Grammy Awards is now postponed from January 26th to April 3rd. Usually located in Los Angeles, this year, it is now being held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

“I think the benefit is that they’re hoping that COVID and everything calms down, so that it’s not as dangerous to have groups. Las Vegas is bigger, and the venue is bigger, and they could spread out,” said Amador drama teacher Lynn Kirksey.

Since the spread of COVID has rapidly increased and it is even more contagious than before, the decision to postpone could help slow the spread so that fans and artists won’t be exposed.

“I think this decision will help slow the spread of Covid-19 and hopefully allow for the artists to safely attend the Grammy’s in April. I think this is a good idea, as it could have resulted in being a super-spreader event,” said Ishita Aggarwal (‘24).

Two new categories have also been added: Best Global Music Performance (Global Music Field) and Best Música Urbana Album (Latin Music Field). The diverse range of categories, nominations, and performers have appealed to many different people. Nominations include albums like Sour by Olivia Rodgrio and Montero by Lil Nas X, as well as artists like BTS.

“Because there are some older groups in there, like Tony Blair, and Lady Gaga, I might watch it this year,” said Kirksey.

Though the Grammy Awards have been postponed, fans and artists can still look forward to watching or attending it safely in a couple months.