The Grammys are officially postponed and Sundance Film Festival goes virtual due to covid

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The Grammy Awards and Sundance Film Festival are the latest in-person events to be affected by the COVID-19 Omicron variant.

A statement published on behalf of the Recording Academy and CBS on Wednesday revealed that the 64th Annual Awards ceremony would be ‘postponed’ out of an abundance of caution.

Meanwhile, Sundance has made the ‘difficult’ decision to make this year’s festival completely virtual due to surging coronavirus cases.

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Taking a hit: The Grammy Awards and Sundance are the latest in-person events to be affected by the COVID-19 Omicron variant

Taking a hit: The Grammy Awards and Sundance are the latest in-person events to be affected by the COVID-19 Omicron variant

‘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,’ reads the official postponement announcement.

The ceremony, which announced nominations in November, was originally scheduled to be an in-person event on Monday, January 31 held at the Crypto.com Arena in Downtown Los Angeles.

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.

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‘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.’

Postponed: A statement published on behalf of the Recording Academy and CBS on Wednesday revealed that the 64th Annual Awards ceremony would be 'postponed' out of an abundance of caution

Postponed: A statement published on behalf of the Recording Academy and CBS on Wednesday revealed that the 64th Annual Awards ceremony would be ‘postponed’ out of an abundance of caution

‘Grammy Week’ which are preliminary events like the MusiCares Person of the Year concert and Clive Davis Pre-Grammy Gala are also expected to be postponed.

As reported by Variety, The Grammy’s ‘require a 10-day-plus lockout’ of venues like the Crypto.com Arena – formerly known as the Staples Center – but ‘another such opening will not be available until June or even later.’

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Sources divulged to the outlet that ‘the Academy and CBS are hoping for a full show with a live audience in the future.’

Trevor Noah is still expected to return as host for the second year in a row.

Last year’s Grammys were scaled down and held outdoors at the Los Angeles Convention Center after moving its ceremony date from January 31, 2021 to March 14, 2021 due to covid-related concerns. 

The Sundance Film Festival was originally slated to be an in-person event that spanned 11 days from January 20 to January 30. 

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New plan: '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'; Host Trevor Noah at the March 2021 ceremony in Los Angeles

New plan: ‘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’; Host Trevor Noah at the March 2021 ceremony in Los Angeles

There were also a number of strict protocols implemented, including proof of vaccination, the elimination of concession stands, reduced screen capacities, the testing of event staff, etc.

Despite their best efforts and ‘most ambitious protocols,’ Sundance said that the Omicron variant’s ‘unexpectedly high transmissibility rates’ have inspired them to take the festival virtual. 

The decision was branded a difficult one but one that was made based on knowledge that coronavirus cases are expected to ‘peak’ in the festival’s host city of Park City, Utah during the originally scheduled festival week.

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‘This was a difficult decision to make. As a nonprofit, our Sundance spirit is in making something work against the odds.’

Sundance rely on the annual film festival as their primary fundraiser.

Going virtual: Meanwhile, Sundance has made the 'difficult' decision to make this year's festival completely virtual due to surging coronavirus cases

Going virtual: Meanwhile, Sundance has made the ‘difficult’ decision to make this year’s festival completely virtual due to surging coronavirus cases

Couldn't save it: Despite their best efforts and 'most ambitious protocols,' Sundance announced that the Omicron variant's 'unexpectedly high transmissibility rates is pushing the limits of health safety, travel and other infrastructures across the country'

Couldn’t save it: Despite their best efforts and ‘most ambitious protocols,’ Sundance announced that the Omicron variant’s ‘unexpectedly high transmissibility rates is pushing the limits of health safety, travel and other infrastructures across the country’

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‘But with case numbers forecasted to peak in our host community the week of the festival we cannot knowingly put our staff and community at risk,’ the statement explained. 

‘The undue stress to Summit County’s health services and our more than 1,500 staff and volunteers would be irresponsible in this climate. It has become increasingly clear over the last few days that this is the right decision to make for the care and well-being of all of our community.

Though it is a ‘deep loss to not have the in-person experience in Utah, we do not believe it is safe nor feasible to gather thousands of artists, audiences, employees, volunteers, and partners from around the world, for an eleven-day festival while overwhelmed communities are already struggling to provide essential services.’

Being that last year’s online version of the festival proved easy to navigate and a general success for Sundance, the non-profit is confident that the experience will, once again, capture the ‘magic and energy’ of the festival.

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Safety: Though it is a 'deep loss to not have the in-person experience in Utah, we do not believe it is safe nor feasible to gather thousands of artists, audiences, employees, volunteers, and partners from around the world, for an eleven-day festival while overwhelmed communities are already struggling to provide essential services'

Safety: Though it is a ‘deep loss to not have the in-person experience in Utah, we do not believe it is safe nor feasible to gather thousands of artists, audiences, employees, volunteers, and partners from around the world, for an eleven-day festival while overwhelmed communities are already struggling to provide essential services’

Paused: It was also announced on Wednesday that ABC has paused production on a number of their television shows, including Grey's Anatomy, The Rookie, and Station 19, due to rising coronavirus cases

Paused: It was also announced on Wednesday that ABC has paused production on a number of their television shows, including Grey’s Anatomy, The Rookie, and Station 19, due to rising coronavirus cases

‘While we’re disappointed to not provide the full hybrid experience and gather in-person as intended, audiences this year will still experience the magic and energy of our Festival with bold new films and XR work, the discovery of new storytellers, direct encounters with artists, and an innovative globally accessible social platform and gallery space.

‘Our partner community will also be adding a vibrant dimension to the festival with a rich mix of conversation, talent talks and events.’ 

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It was also announced on Wednesday that ABC paused production on a number of their television shows, including Grey’s Anatomy, The Rookie, and Station 19, due to rising coronavirus cases.

‘ABC Signature — the studio behind Grey’s, Station and Rookie — took the step out of an abundance of caution, and not due to any show-specific COVID outbreaks. As of now, the temporary work stoppage is not expected to impact any of the show’s on-air schedules,’ sources told TVLine. 

The cast and crew of Grey’s Anatomy and Station 19 will reportedly return to set on January 12 instead of January 10. The altered production schedule for The Rookie remains unknown.

'ABC Signature — the studio behind Grey’s, Station and Rookie — took the step out of an abundance of caution, and not due to any show-specific COVID outbreaks. As of now, the temporary work stoppage is not expected to impact any of the show’s on-air schedules,' sources told TVLine; Ellen Pompeo on Grey's Anatomy

‘ABC Signature — the studio behind Grey’s, Station and Rookie — took the step out of an abundance of caution, and not due to any show-specific COVID outbreaks. As of now, the temporary work stoppage is not expected to impact any of the show’s on-air schedules,’ sources told TVLine; Ellen Pompeo on Grey’s Anatomy

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