The recent pandemic has halted most of our biggest festivals and events for almost 2 years now. However, it feels like it’s only just begun, with one variant replacing another in an endless cycle that never seems to end. Now, another big event is rescheduled.
It’s been a tough year for music fans, with the Grammy Awards being delayed. This is supposed to be held at the end of January at the Crypto.com Arena, but due to an omicron variant emergence, it has now been put on hold.
The Grammys have been moved to Las Vegas. The big award show is now going down on April 3 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Representatives of the Recording Academy have not disclosed the grounds behind their recent change in location. However, it looks like the previous venue (Crypto.com Arena) they’ve been fully booked since late March and into early April with both a Clippers game and an upcoming Lakers event the day of.
The change of location will overlap with the CMT Music Awards, which was arranged for that same date.
The Grammys are known for their prestigious award show, but it fell short of expectations last year. The viewership declined by 53%, and only 8.8 million people tuned in to watch the event on TV or online.
The big event has been controversial as Canadian singer The Weekend announced that he would boycott the show in 2021 after being snubbed for any nominations. His complaints mention anonymous committees as one of his motivations behind this move, who make up initial voting ballots.
The Recording Academy has adopted new measures to promote equity in its awards. This includes the abolishment of anonymous committees and also increasing potential winners’ numbers for big categories.
The award show will be hosted by comedian and “The Daily Show” host Trevor Noah, airing live on Paramount+.
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