With Omicron Surging, the Grammys are on hold and Sundance will become fully virtual

With schools and offices closing their doors due to the Covid-19 omicron variant, the entertainment sector is regrouping as well.

The 64th Annual Grammy Awards, the top honor of music, have been postponed indefinitely because of Covid-19, the Recording Academy and CBS said Wednesday. Last year’s performance was also delayed.

“Holding the show on January 31 just carries too many risks,” the Recording Academy and broadcaster CBS said in a statement.

Separately, the organizers of the Sundance Film Festival said that they will go fully virtual later this month. The Sundance Institute had its first hybrid festival in Park City, Utah, from January 20 to 30, but switched gears due to the recent increase in cases.

“The omicron variant, with its unexpectedly high transmissibility rates, pushes the boundaries of health safety, travel and other infrastructure across the country,” the institute said.

While the new strain of Covid-19 disrupts public events, film and TV production is not expected to slow down, said Jason Kilar, head of WarnerMedia at AT&T Inc., on Wednesday. A large part of the industry was shut down in 2020.

“We believe we can produce at the clip we produced in 2021,” Kilar said in an interview. “This will not be a situation as we saw in 2020.”

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