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Grammy Awards pushed to April due to coronavirus

The 64th annual Grammy Awards which was postponed from its initial January 31 airdate due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will now broadcast the live ceremony on Sunday, April 3, at 8 p.m. ET from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

The new date was confirmed by CBS and the Recording Academy. Comedian Trevor Noah, host of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” will return as host. No further details were shared in the statement.

Recall that on January 5, the music industry group explained their decision to postpone. The statement at the time read in part;

    “The health and safety of those in our music community, the live audience, and the hundreds of people who work tirelessly to produce our show remains our top priority. Given the uncertainty surrounding the Omicron variant, holding the show on January 31 simply contains too many risks.”

The Grammys is one of several high-profile events in entertainment rocked by the latest COVID-19 surge, including the 2022 Golden Globes on Jan. 9, which nixed the red carpet and cameras this year. The Sundance Film Festival was also transformed into a digital-only event  for the second year in a row, after previous plans to meet in Park City, Utah, were canceled due to the Omicron variant.

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