AceShowbiz - The Recording Academy has rescheduled the 2022 Grammy Awards. After announcing its postponement due to rising COVID-19 cases and the Omicron variant concerns, its officials finally set a new date.
"I'm so pleased to let you know that the 64th Annual GRAMMY Awards have been rescheduled," the Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason Jr. said in a statement released on Tuesday, January 18. "[It] will now be broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 3."
"Additional details about the dates and locations of other official GRAMMY Week events, including the GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony, MusiCares' Person of the Year(opens in a new tab), and the Pre-GRAMMY Gala, will be announced soon," the statement added.
Earlier this month, the Recording Academy and CBS announced, "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." They continued, "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 31 simply contains too many risks," the message further read. "We look forward to celebrating Music's Biggest Night on a future date, which will be announced soon."
The 2022 Grammy Awards was previously set to take place at the Crypto.com Arena, formerly the Staples Center, in Los Angeles. While the event location has been changed, Trevor Noah will still serve as a host for his second consecutive year.
This marked the second time the officials had to shift plans for a Grammy Awards ceremony. They also moved the 63rd annual event from January to March 14, 2021 due to "the deteriorating COVID situation in Los Angeles" at that time. The show was ultimately held at the Los Angeles Convention Center with a smaller in-person audience.