The 64th annual Grammy Awards Show due to be held in the US later this month has been postponed due to coronavirus, organisers have said.
Uncertainty around the Omicron variant means going ahead “simply contains too many risks”, according to a statement from the Recording Academy and CBS.
The event, which is regarded as music’s biggest night, was scheduled to take place on 31 January in Los Angeles.
It will happen on a future date to be announced soon, organisers said.
The health and safety of the music community, the live audience and hundreds of employees remained their top priority, they added.
Jazz keyboardist Jon Batiste has the most nominations with 11, while Olivia Rodrigo, Lil Nas X, Billie Eilish, Justin Bieber and Doja Cat are all up for the main awards.
It comes after the Sundance film festival cancelled all in-person events in Utah citing the rapid spread of Omicron.
All its independent movie premieres and events will take place online, organisers said in a statement.
The following is a Joint Statement from the Recording Academy and CBS:
“After careful consideration and analysis with city and state officials, health and safety experts, the artist community and our many partners, the Recording Academy and CBS have postponed the 64th Annual GRAMMY Awards Show. 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.”