After being postponed due to an outbreak of Omicron-variant Covid-19 infections across the United States, the Grammy music awards will be held in Las Vegas for the first time this April.
The awards were initially scheduled for January 31 in downtown Los Angeles, but the date was canceled after the Omicron version caused a new wave of COVID-19 infections.
The show will now be held on April 3 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and hosted by Trevor Noah.
The Grammy nominations for 2022 were revealed in November. Jon Batiste, a pianist, and bandleader headed a field that included newcomers such as adolescent pop star Olivia Rodrigo and veteran crooner Tony Bennett, 95, who won his first Grammy in 1963.
The Grammy Awards for 2021 have likewise been postponed because of the COVID-19 epidemic. The ceremony was held in March rather than January, with a mix of pre-recorded and live pieces performed in front of a minor, socially distant audience.
Film and television awards show like the Critics Choice Awards and Producers Guild Awards have been canceled, 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. With eleven, Jon Batiste, a jazz and R&B performer, and bandleader received the most Grammy nominations this year.
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.