The much anticipated 2022 Grammy Awards has been postponed due to the recent surge in the spread of the new variant of COVID-19 disease across the cities.
The music awards gala night had been scheduled for January 31, however, the recent widespread of the Omicron variant across United States cities have called for a reschedule.
The current overall cases of Coronavirus in the United States is about sixty million while deaths recorded so far is over eight hundred and thirty thousand.
A statement released on Wednesday evening by the organizers of the Grammy Awards said: “Holding the show on January 31 simply contains too many risks.”
The Recording Academy, however, said it would announce a rescheduled date as soon as possible.
“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 remain our top priority,” the statement added.
Record Academy had in November 2021 confirmed the names of nominees for the 2022 Grammy Awards which was earlier scheduled to hold in Los Angeles on Monday, January 31, Naija News recalls.
Nigerian superstars, Wizkid and Burna Boy got nominated in different categories for the 2022 Grammys.
Nigerian singer, Ayo Balogun, better known as Wizkid got nominated in two categories for the 2022 Grammy Awards.
Wizkid’s fourth album, ‘Made in Lagos’ which was released in 2020 has continued to dominate music charts in the country and abroad. Also, his hit song, Essence has been on the lips of music lovers as it also made its way to the playlist of former US President Barack Obama.
In the list of nominees released by the organizers, Wizkid’s ‘Made in Lagos’ album was nominated in the Best Global Music Award category, while Essence featuring Tems makes the list of nominees for the Best Global Music Performance category.
Wizkid would be hoping to clinch the award and follow the footstep of popular Nigerian singer, Burna Boy who won the award for Best Global Music Album Award this year, Naija News reports.
Recall that Wizkid had won an award for his part in the video for Beyonce’s Brown-Skinned girl at the 2021 ceremony.
Another proud Nigerian singer, Damini Ogulu popularly known as Burna Boy got a nomination for the 2022 Grammys.
Burna Boy, a two-time nominee and winner was nominated alongside, Wizkid, Femi Kuti, and, Made Kuti.