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2022 Grammy Awards postponed over spike in COVID-19 cases

The 64th Grammy Awards has officially been postponed. This was disclosed in a joint statement from the Recording Academy and CBS.

“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 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.

“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.”

This statement comes after a continuous increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in America.

The Grammy is an award presented by the US Recording Academy to recognize “Outstanding Achievement in the music industry” of the United States.

The trophy depicts a gilded gramophone. The Grammy Awards were first presented by NARAS in Los Angeles, California, USA in 1959, when 28 prizes were given.

Among the winners was Francis Albert Sinatra, stage name Frank Sinatra, who won the Grammy Award for Best Album Cover for 1958 for his album Frank Sinatra Sings For Only The Lonely.

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The first Grammy awarded in 1959 was the Award for Best Instrumental Soloist(s) Performance (with orchestra), to Van Caliburn for the album Bernstein Century: Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto no. 1 / Dvorak: Piano Concerto

The Grammy award is an annual event that has also appreciated the efforts of international artistes. In 2021, Nigerian musicians, Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu, known professionally as Burna Boy, and Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun, known professionally as Wizkid, won Grammy awards for Global Music Album, and Best Music Video, respectively.

Burna Boy (L), and Wizkid (R)

Burna Boy bagged a Grammy for his 5th studio album, Twice as Tall, which was released on August 14, 2020, by Spaceship Entertainment, Atlantic Records and Warner Music. The album features artistic collaborations with other acts like Chris Martin and Sauti Sol.

Twice as tall album cover

While Burna Boy bagged an award for his 2020 album, Wizkid was awarded a Grammy for Best Music Video, for Brown Skin Girl. Video below:

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