This year’s Grammy Awards ceremony honoring top performances in music has been postponed indefinitely because of the rapid spread of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, organizers said on Wednesday.
The show had been scheduled to take place at an arena in downtown Los Angeles and broadcast live on the CBS network on Jan. 31.
“Given the uncertainty surrounding the Omicron variant, holding the show on January 31 simply contains too many risks,” CBS and the Recording Academy said in a joint statement, adding that a new date would be announced soon.
Nominations for the awards were announced in November. Pianist and bandleader Jon Batiste led a field that spanned rap to jazz music and embraced newcomers from teen pop sensation Olivia Rodrigo to veteran crooner Tony Bennett, 95, who won his first Grammy in 1963.
The 2021 Grammy awards also were postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The ceremony was staged in March instead of January and included a mix of pre-recorded and live segments in front of a small, socially distanced crowd.
Organizers had hoped to return this year to something closer to the traditional celebration with a large audience inside the former Staples Center, now called Crypto.com Arena. Late-night television host Trevor Noah had been tapped to host the event.
CBS and the Recording Academy said they consulted local officials, health experts and artists before deciding to scrap the January date.
“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 said.
Other entertainment industry events have been delayed or scaled back.
Organizers of this month’s Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, said on Tuesday they had canceled in-person events and would move them online.
The Critics Choice Awards, which had been set for this Sunday, have been postponed with no new date scheduled.
List of Names for Groups of Animals
Whether it is a group of mammals, birds or even insects, there is a unique collective noun to identify the specific group, although some of these names are rarely used. Most people are likely to use the general term flock for a group of eagles, rather than the proper term convocation. Still, it’s good to know the correct collective noun, even if it’s just to wow your friends.
Collective Names for Animals
We’ve gathered together a list of 60 groups of animals and their collective nouns – some animal groups can have more than one collective noun – that you may or may not have heard of. Whenever animals gather in groups, they are formally called:
- Apes: a shrewdness
- Badgers: a cete
- Bats: a colony, cloud or camp
- Bears: a sloth or sleuth
- Bees: a swarm
- Buffalo: a gang or obstinacy
- Camels: a caravan
- Cats: a clowder or glaring; Kittens: a litter or kindle; Wild cats: a destruction
- Cobras: a quiver
- Crocodiles: a bask
- Crows: a murder
- Dogs: a pack; Puppies: a litter
- Donkeys: a drove
- Eagles: a convocation
- Elephants: a parade
- Elk: a gang or a herd
- Falcons: a cast
- Ferrets: a business
- Fish: a school
- Flamingos: a stand
- Foxes: a skulk or leash
- Frogs: an army
- Geese: a gaggle
- Giraffes: a tower
- Gorillas: a band
- Hippopotami: a bloat
- Hyenas: a cackle
- Jaguars: a shadow
- Jellyfish: a smack
- Kangaroos: a troop or mob
- Lemurs: a conspiracy
- Leopards: a leap
- Lions: a pride
- Moles: a labor
- Monkeys: a barrel or troop
- Mules: a pack
- Otters: a family
- Oxen: a team or yoke
- Owls: a parliament
- Parrots: a pandemonium
- Pigs: a drift or drove (younger pigs), or a sounder or team (older pigs)
- Porcupines: a prickle
- Rabbits: a herd
- Rats: a colony
- Ravens: an unkindness
- Rhinoceroses: a crash
- Shark: a shiver
- Skunk: a stench
- Snakes: a nest
- Squirrels: a dray or scurry
- Stingrays: a fever
- Swans: a bevy or game (if in flight: a wedge)
- Tigers: an ambush or streak
- Toads: a knot
- Turkeys: a gang or rafter
- Turtles: a bale or nest
- Weasels: a colony, gang or pack
- Whales: a pod, school, or gam
- Wolves: a pack
- Zebras: a zeal
To expand your vocabulary even more, YourDictionary can help you learn some animal names in Spanish.
Animal Names Can Highlight Traits
Not only is it fun to say certain names for groups of animals, but it is interesting as well. The collective names given to groups of animals can be as unique as the animals themselves and highlight certain traits of that group. Remember that, and when you think of a group of skunks the word stench should immediately come to mind.
Our list is by no means exhaustive, so please share more collective nouns for groups of animals in the comments below.
Jason Momoa And Wife Lisa Bonet Announce Separation After 4 Years Of Marriage
Hollywood star Jason Momoa and wife Lisa Bonet have parted ways after 4 years of marriage and 16 years of relationship. The couple shared the sad news via the actor’s Instagram account. In their joint statement, the couple said there is a revolution that is unfolding and their family is no exception.
They noted that they will go about their lives with dignity and honesty. They shared that they are freeing each other so they can both be what they need to become and they will give unwavering love and support to their children teaching them love and prayer.
California twins born in different years. LOL
Aylin Trujillo, a healthy baby girl from Greenfield, weighing 5 pounds and 14 ounces, was the first baby born in the new year in Monterey County.
Aylin arrived 15 minutes after her brother Alfredo, who was born on Dec. 31 at 11:45 p.m., weighing 6 pounds and 1 ounce.
Their birth is special because they were born on different days, months and years.
Twins with different birthdays are rare, and some estimate the chance of twins being born in different years as one in 2 million.
The twins were born at Natividad Hospital in Salinas.
Wendy Williams’ Brother Speaks Out On Dementia Rumors
The Wendy Williams Show returned on Oct. 18 but without the show’s star due to her ongoing health issues. There are now reports the longtime talk show host is suffering from early signs of dementia. Williams’ brother, Tommy, is speaking out.
Tommy exclusively told The Sun, “We haven’t had any alerts like that and I haven’t seen anything like that or have had conversations with her that would lead me to believe that. We routinely go up and check on Wendy even though we’re all down here in Florida.”
She continued, “I try to make it up there and my dad speaks with Wendy frequently. So no, we don’t have any concerns concerning her mental state. It’s all physical.”
There are reports that the talk show host is confined to a wheelchair, which Tommy didn’t address.
He also added, “I am trying to find out if she’s coming down for Thanksgiving. I mean, she’s normal like that.”
The Wendy Williams Show was originally set to return Sept. 20 but was pushed back to October 4. The new season eventually premiered on Oct. 18 without Williams. Guest host have included Bevy Smith, Leah Remini and Sherri Shepherd.
TMZ reported Williams, 57, was voluntarily admitted to a New York City hospital on Sept. 14 for a psych evaluation. The outlet also reported she tested positive for the coronavirus, but she was vaccinated and asymptomatic. However, she has now tested negative for COVID-19 and has been released from the hospital.
On Nov. 8, Williams gave an update on Instagram, writing, “HOW YOU DOIN’? I MISS YOU ALL! As everyone knows, my health has been a hot topic. I’m making progress, but it’s just one of those things that’s taking longer than we expected.”
She continued, “I’m a woman of a certain age, and I know enough to listen to my doctors and will return to my purple chair as soon as we all agree I’m ready. I want to thank all of my staff and our guest hosts for stepping up and stepping in while I can’t be there.”
She also wrote “doing everything… to get back to work.”
“But right now Wendy has to focus on Wendy. I love you for watching,” she added.
It remains unknown when Wendy Williams will return to her talk show.
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