We take a look at the selection process behind the Grammys.
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- The rescheduled Grammy Awards will take place on 3 April in Las Vegas.
- Trevor Noah will host the awards show.
- Jon Batiste, the jazz and R&B artist and bandleader, garnered the most nominations for this year’s Grammys, with Justin Bieber, Billie Eilish and Olivia Rodrigo scooping up a few nominations as well.
The Grammy music awards will be held in Las Vegas for the first time this April after being postponed because of the surge of Omicron-variant Covid-19 cases across the United States.
The 64th annual Grammys – featuring nominees including Justin Bieber, Billie Eilish and Olivia Rodrigo – had been due to take place in Los Angeles on 31 January.
Hosted by Trevor Noah, the show will now take place on 3 April at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
“We are excited to take the Grammys to Las Vegas for the very first time, and to put on a world-class show,” Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason Jr said in a statement.
The organisers had previously said that hosting a Los Angeles ceremony on 31 January – the original date – “simply contains too many risks”.
The Grammys are one of several entertainment industry events that have been delayed in the hope that sky-high Covid caseloads will drop in the coming months.
The Oscars currently are still on for 27 March, one week before the rescheduled Grammys.
Jon Batiste, the jazz and R&B artist and bandleader, garnered the most nominations for this year’s Grammys with 11.
As a knock-on effect of the move, country music’s CMT Music Awards will switch from 3 April to later in the same month.
Omicron has become the main coronavirus variant in the United States
A record surge in the number of cases fueled by the variant has yet to recede in California, the nation’s most populous state, which has passed seven million recorded cases.