After careful consideration and analysis with city and state officials, health and safety experts, the artist community and our many partners, the Recording Academy and CBS have postponed the 64th Annual GRAMMY Awards Show.
The following is a Joint Statement from the Recording Academy and CBS:
“After careful consideration and analysis with city and state officials, health and safety experts, the artist community and our many partners, the Recording Academy and CBS have postponed the 64th Annual GRAMMY Awards 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. Given the uncertainty surrounding the Omicron variant, holding the show on January 31st simply contains too many risks. We look forward to celebrating Music’s Biggest Night on a future date, which will be announced soon.”
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Piercing Ken Thoughts: To be honest this announcement doesn’t surprise me at all because the surges in cases of the virus have pretty much quadrupled over the last couple of weeks and I am watching (and reporting on) a number of Broadway Theatre closures or hiatuses while many hope to wait this out. The Grammys are an event with too many people ensconced in a large space and while protocols on safety were likely in place after being mapped out, the best place to be for everyone involved is in front of a Zoom conference as opposed to being on top of one another. I know you are very likely tired of this kind of news but that is where we are. I suggest you mask up before you go anyplace and if you find them uncomfortable join the club since I can’t always breathe in the things – I still wear them and especially on the subway which is loaded with folks who choose not too. I am not taking my chances that they will pass something onto be but let me get off the soapbox. If you want to peruse the Nominations list just click HERE. I’d get a cup of coffee for that as its one hell of a list. Stay safe out there I will see you all again soon.
The last few weeks have not been kind to Broadway with the closure of performances such as “Diana The Musical”, “Waitress”, “Jagged Little Pill”, “Thoughts Of A Colored Man”, “Trevor The Musical” and most recently “Ain’t Too Proud”. Now “Diana The Musical” was being sunset before the virus surge but it was Omicron that found the likes of “Jagged” and “ATP” to wrap it up despite having open ended runs ahead of them. Earlier we learned the news that the comedy musical “Mrs Doubfire – The Musical” would be going on a nine week hiatus.
The Press Release:
The Consumer Technology Association (CTA)® today announced that CES® 2022 will be closing one day early, and the in-person event will take place in Las Vegas on Jan. 5-7, 2022. The step was taken as an additional safety measure to the current health protocols that have been put in place for CES.
Over 2200 exhibitors are confirmed to exhibit in person at CES 2022. In the last two weeks, 143 additional companies have signed up to exhibit in person. Construction of exhibitors’ show floor space is well underway and soon attendees will be able to see and experience the latest tech innovations.
“As the world’s most influential technology event, CES is steadfast in its pledge to be the gathering place to showcase products and discuss ideas that will ultimately make our lives better,” said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, CTA. “We are shortening the show to three days and have put in place comprehensive health measures for the safety of all attendees and participants.” Continue reading Consumer Technology Association Announces 2200 In-Person Exhibitors→
For the last couple of years I’ve sat down and cobbled together a complete rundown of the annual marathon of episodes of “The Honeymooners” that is presented to us over on PIX11. In 2020 it was super important to keep people indoors for safety’s sake and now with the terrible surge in cases of this Omicron variant I think that this might be the best course of action for 2021’s New Year’s Eve as well. At the risk of repeating myself I will say that this classic comedy is the perfect way to both close out and open up a hopefully promising New Year of 2022. The continuation of the pandemic has divided a lot of us based on who has received the full vaccine dosage and those who refute its effectiveness and to be honest the fights about this are far too nasty to line out in this humble narrative. The editorial High Command of “The Chronicles of Piercing Ken” have taken all three of the shots and we did Pfizer and are happy to have done so. End of soapboxing. If you have the space on your DVR you should start programming them now so you are able to switch channels to the favored network to watch the ball drop before you return to the fun of “The Honeymooners”. I programmed this last year for myself even though I own the DVD of the classic episodes. As in the past marathons, some of the funniest and best of the episodes will be aired so head over to WPIX 11 and spend some time in Brooklyn with Ralph Kramden, Ed Norton, Alice Kramden and Trixie Norton and just relax. The shows begin at 11PM and run continuously into the next day with a brief pause for other programming at 8AM until it picks up again at 11AM. Let’s take a look.
11:00PM – Better Living Through TV
11:30PM – Pal O’ Mine
The Press Release:
CES 2022 will be in person on January 5-8 in Las Vegas with strong safety measures in place, and our digital access is also available for people that don’t wish to, or can’t travel to Las Vegas. Our mission remains to convene the industry and give those who cannot attend in person the ability to experience the magic of CES digitally.
While we recently received 42 exhibitor cancellations (less than 7% of our exhibit floor), since last Friday we’ve added 60 new exhibitors for our in-person event. Registrations for both our digital access and our Las Vegas event are continuing to show strong momentum, with thousands more registrations in the last few days. Continue reading Consumer Technology Association Announces 2022 In-Person Event→