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2022 Grammy Awards delayed over omicron surge. What that means for these Kentucky nominees

The Courier Journal
The Courier Journal
 2021-11-26

Country superstar Chris Stapleton and hip-hop artist Jack Harlow — both Kentucky natives — have been nominated for the 64th annual Grammy Awards .

But both will have to wait a little bit longer than expected to pick up any possible hardware. The Recording Academy and CBS announced that the 64th Grammy Awards will be postponed from its original date in late January due to the rise in cases of the omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus.

"Given the uncertainty surrounding the Omicron variant, holding the show on Jan. 31 simply contains too many risks. We look forward to celebrating Music's Biggest Night on a future date, which will be announced soon," according to a statement from the Grammy Awards.

The annual awards show had been scheduled to be held Jan. 31 at the Crypto.com Arena , formerly known as Staples Center in Los Angeles with the awards broadcast live on CBS.

Stapleton, a five-time Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and musician is nominated in three categories this year, including Best Country Album ("Starting Over"), Best Country Song (“Cold”) and Best Country Solo Performance (“You Should Probably Leave”).

The nominations add to a monumental year for Stapleton, who led winners at the 55th Annual CMA Awards with six awards: Male Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year ("Starting Over," as artist and producer), Song of the Year (“Starting Over”) and Single of the Year (“Starting Over,” as artist and producer).

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Also up for a couple of Grammy Awards is Atherton High School graduate Harlow. The Louisville native, who recently performed at five sold-out concerts in Louisville and had been announced as a headliner for the 2022 Forecastle Festival , received two 2022 Grammy nominations. The rapper was also nominated last year.

This year Harlow is nominated in the Best Melodic Rap Performance category for his feature on pop star Lil Nas X's single "Industry Baby." Lil Nas X's album "Montero" is also up for Album of the Year, which gives Harlow another nomination as a featured artist and songwriter.

"Industry Baby," which was released in July, debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and became Harlow's first number one song in October.

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Reach Kirby Adams at kadams@courier-journal.com or Twitter @kirbylouisville .

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