Last year's pandemic, which almost shattered the world, delivered huge blows to all industries and sectors, entertainment included. Revenues plummeted as audiences stayed away from theatres and shows, and public events had to be canceled/postponed/conducted online. Particularly disappointing were the delays and changes concerning major award ceremonies like the Grammys.
After pushing 2021’s Grammys from their originally scheduled date in January to March, the organizers had to revamp the whole modus-operandi behind the event due to the surge in the number of infected people worldwide. Only performers and presenters were allowed at the venue, with no audience or nominees physically present. Well, at least fans got to watch the live stream of the event from the comfort of their homes!
But according to reports, next year (2022), the awards are planned to be held with their usual aura. The organizers are making preparations to put up a great show in the usual way in January 2022. Let’s check out more deets.
Preps in full swing for 2022 Grammys
The 64th annual music fest is set to take place on January 31, 2022, from Los Angeles' Staples Center. The show will be held on a Monday this time, a change that hasn’t happened since 2016. For the last 20 years, the show has always been taking place on Sundays. The organizers probably want to add a ‘lucky charm’ to the event to ensure nothing goes wrong next year!
In 2022, the Grammy awards will be streamed live on CBS and Paramount+ and will be available later on the ViacomCBS streaming service, albeit only on-demand.
A quick look at 2021’s ceremony
Despite challenges, Grammys 2021 was still considered a success in every aspect, except the television ratings, which were recorded to be slightly low. Instead of the usual venue (LA Staples Center), this year’s ceremony was held at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
The new Executive Director, Ben Winston, had put in massive efforts to bring a new approach to the award show (due to pandemic safety rules) and fill it with performances from talented artists including Taylor Swift, Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Harry Styles, and many more. In terms of bagging the trophy, Taylor Swift made history by becoming the first woman to win the award for the ‘Album of the Year’ three times (this time, she won it for her eighth album Folklore). FYI, she has previously bagged the Grammy for Fearless in 2010, and then again for 1989 in 2015. Other notable winners included Beyoncé, who grabbed her 28th win and gained the title of the 'most decorated woman' in the awards' history.
Though the 2021 ceremony was a hit considering the raging pandemic, the show could only manage to hit 9.23 million online viewers and a 2.28 rating among adults. The organizers are hopeful that with the 2022 awards returning to the ‘old normal’, they might be able to get more views as compared to this year.