It's official: Grammys move to Las Vegas for rescheduled awards in April

It will be a new-look Grammys when the 64th annual ceremony takes place April 3.

Postponed from Jan. 31 due to the surge in omicron cases, the heralded music awards show will be held in Las Vegas for the first time. It's the first time in decades the awards will take place in the late spring.  

The relocation to the bustling entertainment capital was necessitated because the Grammys' usual home of Crypto.com Arena (formerly Staples Center) is solidly booked through the end of April with sporting events and concerts. The show requires a 10-day lead-in for its production, which also nixed a move to New York's Madison Square Garden, where the Grammys are occasionally held, because it, too, has a packed schedule of sports and music through the spring.

But MGM Grand Garden Arena is familiar to the Recording Academy. The venue has hosted the Latin Grammys every year since 2009, with the exception of a 2020 detour to Miami. The CMT Awards, originally scheduled for April 3 at the venue, will move to a date later in the month.

As well, Las Vegas offers the infrastructure T– plentiful hotel rooms, VIP experiences and extracurricular activities – to appeal to the influx of artists and music industry guests.

Trevor Noah, host of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah,” piloted the 2021 edition of the show, which was also postponed because of the coronavirus, and will reprise his role this year.

The show will air at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

Jon Batiste, shown performing at MOMAs 12th annual film benefit honoring Laura Dern, has a leading 11 Grammy nominations.

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More information about other high-profile Grammy Week events, including the MusiCares Person of the Year gala to honor Joni Mitchell, and Clive Davis’ storied Pre-Grammy Gala, will be announced soon.

This year’s Grammy nominations are led by jazz/R&B musician Jon Batiste, best known as the bandleader on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” with 11 nominations.

He’s followed by Justin Bieber, H.E.R. and Doja Cat, all of whom scored eight nominations. Billie Eilish and Rodrigo, who each earned seven nods, will compete against each other for album, song and record of the year.

The Recording Academy made a concerted effort this year to amplify the variations of its membership. About 2,700 new music creators were invited to join, including an increased number of female, Black and Hispanic recruits. 

"We're doing (these changes) with the goal of improving everything we're doing at the academy, which is thereby helping the music industry," Mason says. "I think it's heading in a great direction. (But) we all agree we have more work to do. We're not resting, we're not stopping."