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2022 Grammy Awards are officially postponed because of COVID-19

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For a second year in a row, the Grammy Awards will not take place on January 31 as originally planned because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

ABC News confirms the Recording Academy has delayed this year's ceremony, which was to be hosted again by Trevor Noah.

"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 organization announced in a statement on Wednesday. 

The Recording Academy 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. Given the uncertainty surrounding the Omicron variant, holding the show on January 31 simply contains too many risks."

At this time, the organization has not announced when the Grammys will be rescheduled, but promised the new date "will be announced soon."

Currently, federal data reports that more than 100,000 people are hospitalized in the U.S. for COVID-19.  Data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from the weekend shows that the U.S. is now averaging nearly half a million new cases a day -- averaging out to nearly six Americans testing positive every second.

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