Grammy Awards eyeing move to Hollywood Bowl amid Omicron spike

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The sudden spike in COVID-19 Omicron cases has left this year’s Grammy Awards in flux.

Multiple music insiders told Page Six that the Recording Academy is seeking a new venue to host the 64th annual Grammy Awards telecast amid a new report that it will likely be postponed.

“They’re having trouble finding a venue and they’re looking at the Hollywood Bowl because it’s outside,” one source said.

The show was originally set to broadcast live from the Crypto.com Arena (formerly Staples Center) in Los Angeles on Jan. 31, but on Monday Billboard magazine reported that the show will likely be postponed due to COVID 19.

Another music insider seemingly confirmed Billboard’s news by telling us they have to move venues because there’s a “logistical hassle.”

“They have to block off a venue for a week or like ten days to provide rehearsal time. That’s at least the requirement for the Crypto.com Arena, so that complicates things. They’re having a hard time getting it for that block,” they said.

A third source was more matter-of-fact and said, “they’re totally moving this thing. It’s all over the place, and they’re monitoring what the other awards shows are planning to do, but there’s a lot of buzz that they’re moving it to the Hollywood Bowl and are planning to cut the audience.”

This will be the second year music’s biggest night has had to make adjustments due to the pandemic. In 2021, they were forced to postpone the ceremony and pre-Grammy events such as MusicCares gala and Clive Davis’ annual bash were held on Zoom.

A rep for Davis, however, told us his pre-Grammy gala will be an in-person event and “will be held the night before the Grammys depending on when it’s held,” they said.

A rep for the Academy did not get back to us by our deadline, but a spokesperson told Billboard “no decision has been made” and “urged caution against speculation set off by an unnamed source,” according to the music trade.

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