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The Grammy Awards and the Sundance Festival suspend their editions

The organizers of the Grammy have announced this Wednesday that suspend the musical awards gala that was scheduled for 31 January, due to the “uncertainty around the omicron variant” that has increased the cases of covid-19 in the United States in recent weeks.

“Doing the show on January 31 involves too many risks,” according to a statement from the American Recording Academy, which He added that he will announce “soon” a new date for the ceremony. “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,” they state in the note.

Also the festival of Sundance Cinema has chosen to suspend its face-to-face edition, which was to begin on January 20 in Salt Lake City, in the state of Utah. The independent film contest, promoted by actor Robert Redford, will be held again virtually, as it did last year.

This year's Grammy nominees were world-renowned bands such as Korean BTS and Italian Maneskin , as well as J Balvin, Justin Bieber, Coldplay, Taylor Swift or Billie Ellish. The event was expected to take place in Los Angeles, California following the announcement of the award nominations on November 23.

Jon Batiste, winner of an Oscar for the soundtrack of the film 'Soul', by Pixar, leads the nominations for the awards with eleven nominations, which as an attraction for the Audiences will face Taylor Swift and Kanye West, one of pop's most notorious feuds, for the album of the year award.

In March 2021, the Grammys, the most important music awards on a global scale, held a gala without all the artists united in the same room because of the pandemic. In the last edition, many of the guests were not in person at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, the usual venue for the great music festival for years, and in it the Academy paid tribute to the music venues and venues of small concerts, very impacted by the pandemic.

First face-to-face festival

The Sundance Independent Film Festival explained that it did not see the feasibility of thousands of artists, members of the The public, workers and volunteers will come together in this event over eleven days, when local authorities have problems to offer the most essential services.

“It was a difficult decision to make. As a non-profit organization, the spirit of Sundance is to make something work even against the elements, but it is expects the number of cases to increase in our host community the week of the festival. “

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The organizers expressed their “disappointment” at not being able to celebrate the festival in a hybrid way, but affirmed that the Spectators will still be able to enjoy the “magic and energy” of the event. Despite this decision, the date of the festival remains: it will begin on January 20 as planned and will last eleven days.

Sundance was expected to be one of the first festivals on the cinema circuit to return to a completely face-to-face format and with full capacity, after reduced editions such as the last Berlinale or the most recent Cannes .

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