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?