Pelo segundo ano consecutivo, a cerimônia de premiação do Grammy foi adiada por conta da pandemia de Covid-19.
A 64ª edição da maior festa da música americana estava marcada para o dia 31 de janeiro, em Los Angeles. Num comunicado divulgado esta quarta-feira, dia 5, a Recording Academy, responsável pelo Grammy, e a rede CBS, que trasmite a premiação, afirmaram que o avanço da Ômicron levou a um número muito alto de casos nos EUA. A nova data da cerimônia ainda será divulgada.
"A saúde e a segurança da comunidade musical, a audiência ao vivo e as centenas de pessoas que trabalham incansavelmente para produzir nosso show são a nossa prioridade máxima", diz o comunicado.
Em 2021, a cerimônia de entrega do Grammy foi adiada em seis semanas por conta do avanço da variante Delta - e antes que as vacinas estivessem disponíveis em larga escala.
Nesta edição 2022 do Grammy, o compositor Jon Batiste lidera as indicações com has 11 Grammy nominations, more than any other artist, and will compete for both album and record of the year. Other top nominees include Olivia Rodrigo, Justin Bieber, Billie Eilish and Doja Cat. No performers have been announced yet.
In November, in an unusual move, the Recording Academy, the organization behind the awards, made a last-minute change to the nominations procedure. Just 24 hours before the nominations were announced, the group voted to expand the ballot in the top four categories — album, record and song of the year, and best new artist — to 10 spots, from eight, a move that benefited Taylor Swift, Kanye West, Lil Nas X and others. Two weeks later, Drake, who was nominated for two Grammys but has long expressed ambivalence about the awards, withdrew from the competition.
This year, the Recording Academy had also scheduled the return of its high-profile annual pre-Grammy events, which take place in the days leading up to the show and feature stars mingling with music executives.
A tribute to Joni Mitchell, benefiting MusiCares, a charity associated with the Grammys that helps musicians in need, was to feature performers like James Taylor, Herbie Hancock, Brandi Carlile and Batiste. Clive Davis, the 89-year-old music executive, also had plans to hold his annual gala the night before the ceremony. The Academy’s statement didn’t specify changes in plans for these events.
The main ceremony has been scheduled for the Grammys’ usual home in downtown Los Angeles, which is now called Crypto.com Arena. (It was until late last month called the Staples Center.) Last year, performances and award presentations took place nearby, at the Los Angeles Convention Center, and largely outdoors. That show was hosted by Trevor Noah, who is returning this year.
Reviews of the 2021 event — in which many artists faced each other on a stage built for multiple performances — praised it as a fresh new take. But ratings fell by 53 percent to 8.8 million, according to Nielsen, a new low for the Grammys.