Grammys are POSTPONED indefinitely because of surging US COVID cases

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Grammys are POSTPONED indefinitely because of surging COVID cases hours after US saw 870,000 new infections, even though deaths remain low

The Recording Academy and CBS confirmed on Wednesday that the 64th Annual Awards ceremony would be ‘postponed’ due to rising COVID cases spurred on by an Omicron surge. 

‘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 official postponement announcement said.

The statement continued: ‘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.

The Recording Academy and CBS confirmed that the 64th Annual Awards ceremony would be 'postponed' due to rising COVID cases

‘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.’   

The announcement comes one day after the US recorded 869,187 new cases, down from the record set on Monday when America became the first country in the world to record more than one million COVID-19 cases in 24 hours.  

Comedian Trevor Noah (pictured) hosted last year and is set to host this year's ceremony as well

As of Wednesday the country’s seven-day rolling average of new cases stood at 565,042, a 114 percent increase from a week ago, according to a Kemmy.com analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University.

However, deaths remain relatively low, with 2,384 new deaths on Tuesday, a decline of 13 percent from week-ago levels on a rolling average basis. Hospitalizations are rising, but remain well below their peak last January.

The wildly transmissible Omicron variant, which appears milder particularly among vaccinated individuals, is fueling the surge in cases, but experts say the wave could burn out within the month and fall off quickly.

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