The 64th annual Grammy Awards, which featured Justin Bieber, Billie Eilish, and Olivia Rodrigo among the candidates, were scheduled to take place on January 31 in Los Angeles.
After being postponed due to an outbreak of Omicron-variant Covid-19 infections across the United States, the Grammy music awards will be presented in Las Vegas for the first time this April. The 64th annual Grammy Awards, which featured Justin Bieber, Billie Eilish, and Olivia Rodrigo among the nominations, were scheduled to take place in Los Angeles on January 31. The show will now be held on April 3 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, and will be hosted by Trevor Noah. In a statement, Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason Jr said, “We are pleased to bring the Grammys to Las Vegas for the first time, and to put on a world-class spectacle.” The organisers earlier stated that holding the ceremony in Los Angeles on January 31 — the original date — “contains simply too many hazards.” The Grammy Awards are one of several entertainment industry events that have been postponed in the hopes of lower Covid caseloads in the coming months.
Film and television awards shows like the Critics Choice Awards and Producers Guild Awards have been cancelled, while the Sundance Film Festival is being shown live online this week. The Oscars are still slated for March 27, one week before the Grammys are rescheduled. Jon Batiste, a jazz and R&B performer and bandleader, received the most Grammy nominations this year, with eleven.
As a result of the change, the CMT Music Awards for country music will be moved from April 3 to later that month. In the United States, Omicron has become the most common coronavirus variant. In California, the nation’s most populated state, a record spike in the number of illnesses fuelled by the variation has failed to abate, with over seven million cases registered.