We’ve spent the past weeks (months?!) watching Omicron come for various nice things: concerts, thousands of flights, the queen’s Christmas luncheon, our New Year’s Eve plans. Then it came for the Grammys, indefinitely postponing the 64th Grammy Awards due to the surge. On Tuesday, the Recording Academy announced a new date for the awards show, which is now set to take place on April 3 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Let’s hope this is an omen for a post-Omicron world.
The 64th Grammy Awards were originally scheduled to take place on January 31 before a full audience at L.A.’s Crypto.com Arena, with Trevor Noah hosting. On January 5, a spokesperson from the Recording Academy confirmed to Variety that the awards show would be indefinitely postponed. It wasn’t the first time the Grammys have been rescheduled due to the virus: Following a COVID surge in Los Angeles last winter, the 2021 Grammys were rescheduled from January to mid-March. To reduce crowding, the show was also relocated from the Crypto.com Arena — formerly known as the Staples Center — to outside the Los Angeles Convention Center. Owing to COVID safety protocols, the show wasn’t performed before a large live audience, and telecast viewership hit a historic low.
With the Crypto.com Arena booked and busy through mid-April, this year marks the first time the awards will take place in a city other than Los Angeles or New York since 1973, when they were held in Nashville. As for what you can expect in April, Noah will still be hosting, and we’re looking forward to witnessing the resplendence of Doja Cat, Olivia Rodrigo, and more — this time on the Strip.
This post has been updated.