LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Following a postponement due to a surge in COVID-19 cases, the 64th Grammy Awards ceremony was moved today from downtown Los Angeles to Las Vegas.
The Grammys were originally set for Jan. 31 at Crypto.com Arena, but the Recording Academy opted to postpone the event amid rising COVID cases in the Los Angeles area.
Although no specific reason was offered for the shift in venue, the postponement led to scheduling issues involving not only the availability of Crypto.com Arena but also finding a slot in the CBS broadcast schedule.
The Grammys will now be held April 3 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Choosing that date forced a rescheduling of the CMT Music Awards, which had been scheduled for the same night in Nashville, also broadcast by CBS. A new date for the CMT show was not immediately announced, with officials saying only it would be later in April.
``We are excited to take the Grammys to Las Vegas for the very first time, and to put on a world-class show,'' Harvey Mason Jr., CEO of the Recording Academy, said in a statement. ``From the moment we announced the postponement of the original show date, we have been inundated with heartfelt messages of support and solidarity from the artist community. We are humbled by their generosity and grateful for their unwavering commitment to the Grammy Awards and the Academy's mission. We appreciate the leadership CBS has shown during these challenging weeks and the flexibility of the CMTs and others who worked toward this solution.''
The show will still be hosted for the second year in a row by Trevor Noah.
Jon Batiste is the top nominee for the 64th Grammy Awards, with 11 nods, while Disney actress-turned-singer-songwriter Olivia Rodrigo has nominations in the top categories of best new artist and record, song and album of the year.