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New Grammy Awards date set as COVID-19 affects Sundance, CES

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Update (Jan. 18, 2022): About two weeks after the Omicron variant of COVID-19 forced changes to the Grammy Awards, Sundance Film Festival and CES gadget show, the Recording Academy announced a new date and time for the Grammys Tuesday. Instead of happening on Jan. 3 in downtown Los Angeles, the show is now set to happen on April 3 in Las Vegas.

“We are excited to take the Grammys to Las Vegas for the very first time, and to put on a world-class show,” Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason Jr. said in a statement. “From the moment we announced the postponement of the original show date, we have been inundated with heartfelt messages of support and solidarity from the artist community. We are humbled by their generosity and grateful for their unwavering commitment to the Grammy Awards and the Academy’s mission.”

Original Story (Jan. 5, 2022): The Omicron-feuled surge in COVID-19 cases affected several major events Wednesday, as the in-person portion of the Sundance Film Festival was canceled, the Grammy Awards were postponed, and a scaled-back version of the CES gadget show started. The cancellation of Sundance’s in-person festivities comes just two weeks before they were set to be held in Park City, Utah. The festival will switch to a fully virtual format.

“While 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,” the Sundance Institute said in its announcement. “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 Recording Academy expressed a similar sentiment in its announcement that the Grammy Awards will not happen on Jan. 31 as previously planned. The academy did not specify a new date for the 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 remains our top priority,” the Recording Academy said. “We look forward to celebrating Music’s Biggest Night on a future date, which will be announced soon.”

CES was not as affected as the Grammy Awards or Sundance, with the in-person event kicking off in Las Vegas Wednesday. The video above includes scenes from the media preview earlier in the week. Despite still happening in-person, the event isn’t immune to COVID-19-related restrictions.

“Here in Las Vegas and throughout Nevada, we have a mask wearing mandate that’s currently in place,” Lori Nelson-Kraft with the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority said earlier this week. “CES has gone even over and beyond that, and they have requested that this is a vaccinated-mandatory show for attendees and exhibitors.”

CES organizers haven’t disclosed attendance numbers but said they expect tens of thousands of people to show up to the event. Attendance is expected to pale in comparison to the 170,000 who showed up for the last in-person CES in 2020.

Lori Nelson-Kraft, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority: “CES is the global technology show in the world. It is the largest, most prestigious show and deals get done at CES. There are a tremendous amount of exhibitors who are looking to book business for the years and decades ahead. And this is where all the cool technology comes to debut and show itself. And so the excitement, whether it’s a small exhibitor to a large, this is a key piece of their business strategy is to have a presence here at CES.”

“As we all know, the pandemic shut down convening of large gatherings. So Las Vegas was without hosting any meetings or conventions for quite some time. It’s vital to our economy to have conventions like CES come back. We have so many wonderful customers who have called Las Vegas home to make Las Vegas, the convention capital in North America and CES is one of them, and we are thrilled that they are back and that they’re convening here in person and they are taking the extra steps needed. It’s important. It was a very quiet building, it was a very quiet destination. Las Vegas, pre-pandemic, welcomed more than 6.6 million visitors who came specifically for a convention. Our infrastructure, our town was built on it. So having shows like CES come in person, even if it’s with a smaller footprint, is an important step in our recovery efforts and for their industry as well. And we’re so excited they have over 2000 exhibitors who will be displaying, and even despite having some drop out, they even had over hundred more exhibitors sign up in the past couple of weeks. So we are very excited for them to be able to convene in person with their very important customers and attendees.”

“Here in Las Vegas and throughout Nevada, we have a mask wearing mandate that’s currently in place. The convention center and all of our resorts and attractions have truly become the gold standard in all health and safety protocols that exist or have been known. We have invested in them down to the World Cleaning Association accreditation that’s called the JPAC accreditation here. So from making sure and encouraging vaccinations among our employees, our visitors and the local community to putting all the protocols in place to keep things as healthy and safely as possible, that’s what Las Vegas is doing and all of its hotel partners. CES has gone even over and beyond that, and they have requested that this is a vaccinated mandatory show for attendees and exhibitors.”

“While none of our shows currently on the books have canceled, we know the pandemic remains a fluid situation. We never want to put at risk anyone’s health or safety, and that’s our number one priority. But the economy is moving forward, businesses are moving forward, the economy is open and we are just making sure that as we do everything we can as Las Vegas, we just do it in the healthiest and safest way.”

 

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Update (Jan. 18, 2022): About two weeks after the Omicron variant of COVID-19 forced changes to the Grammy Awards, Sundance Film Festival and CES gadget show, the Recording Academy announced a new date and time for the Grammys Tuesday. Instead of happening on Jan. 3 in downtown Los Angeles, the show is now set to happen on April 3 in Las Vegas.

“We are excited to take the Grammys to Las Vegas for the very first time, and to put on a world-class show,” Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason Jr. said in a statement. “From the moment we announced the postponement of the original show date, we have been inundated with heartfelt messages of support and solidarity from the artist community. We are humbled by their generosity and grateful for their unwavering commitment to the Grammy Awards and the Academy’s mission.”

Original Story (Jan. 5, 2022): The Omicron-feuled surge in COVID-19 cases affected several major events Wednesday, as the in-person portion of the Sundance Film Festival was canceled, the Grammy Awards were postponed, and a scaled-back version of the CES gadget show started. The cancellation of Sundance’s in-person festivities comes just two weeks before they were set to be held in Park City, Utah. The festival will switch to a fully virtual format.

“While 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,” the Sundance Institute said in its announcement. “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 Recording Academy expressed a similar sentiment in its announcement that the Grammy Awards will not happen on Jan. 31 as previously planned. The academy did not specify a new date for the 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 remains our top priority,” the Recording Academy said. “We look forward to celebrating Music’s Biggest Night on a future date, which will be announced soon.”

CES was not as affected as the Grammy Awards or Sundance, with the in-person event kicking off in Las Vegas Wednesday. The video above includes scenes from the media preview earlier in the week. Despite still happening in-person, the event isn’t immune to COVID-19-related restrictions.

“Here in Las Vegas and throughout Nevada, we have a mask wearing mandate that’s currently in place,” Lori Nelson-Kraft with the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority said earlier this week. “CES has gone even over and beyond that, and they have requested that this is a vaccinated-mandatory show for attendees and exhibitors.”

CES organizers haven’t disclosed attendance numbers but said they expect tens of thousands of people to show up to the event. Attendance is expected to pale in comparison to the 170,000 who showed up for the last in-person CES in 2020.

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