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Exclusive: Grammy Awards Are Likely Moving from January to the Spring, New Date Will Be Announced Soon


It’s not a big surprise, but the ‘Cron is playing havoc with the Grammy Awards.

The show is supposed to take place on Monday, January 31st. But because of the Omicron variant and the huge spike in COVID cases in Los Angeles (not to mention New York) the Grammy Awards are moving to a new date.

I’m told the new date will be in late March or early April. CBS and the Recording Academy are trying to find alternative venues. The Hollywood Bowl is being discussed as it would be outside. But the weather would have to be on the side of the music biz.

The biggest problem is getting artists to commit to being there, and to performing. Right now, with Broadway partially shut down and lots of appearances being canceled (see my Aimee Mann story) no one is thrilled to participate. Of course, by early spring it’s hoped that the ‘Cron will be gone and life will get back to normal.

The Grammys join the Critics Choice Awards and the New York Film Critics in making this wise choice. There is no Golden Globes show this year, so that’s not an issue. The National Board of Review will be next to cancel or risk infecting the members who pay them fees. (That would be ironic.)

When the Grammys move, by the way, the MusiCares Person of the Year dinner moves with them and so does Clive Davis’s pre-Grammy gala dinner. Here’s an idea: Davis turns 90 years young on April 4th, why not turn the whole thing into a birthday celebration?


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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