64th Annual Grammy Awards Moving to April Over Omicron Fears

Grammys move to Las Vegas on April 3, CMT Music Awards pushed back as well.

Written by Chris Parton
64th Annual Grammy Awards Moving to April Over Omicron Fears
Mickey Guyton; Photo credit: Phylicia J.L. Munn

As concerns mount over the surging Omicron variant of COVID-19, the 64th annual Grammy Awards will be moving to a new date and location. This year’s show will now broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 3, a move which will also impact the 2022 CMT Music Awards.

In moving the Grammy date from its original CBS slot on January 31, organizers say Comedy Central’s Trevor Noah will still be on board to host. But the new date of April 3 means this year’s CMT Music Awards must also move, as the Grammys take over that very time slot. The CMT Music Awards were (and still are) due to make their CBS debut this year, but will now air sometime later in April, with more information coming soon.

“Once we realized the need to move the Grammy Awards to a later date due to current health concerns, we came together quickly with our partners at the Recording Academy and CMT, to strategically reschedule these two incredible music events and utilize the full power of the ViacomCBS ecosystem to promote them,” said Jack Sussman, Executive Vice President, Specials, Music, Live Events & Alternative Programming, CBS. “Coming out of an exciting month of college basketball on CBS, we’re thrilled to continue our programming momentum with these two big live events for television in the spring.”

This will be the first time the Grammy Awards have been held in Las Vegas, as the show dubbed “Music’s Biggest Night” is normally held in Los Angeles.

“We are excited to take the GRAMMYs to Las Vegas for the very first time, and to put on a world-class show,” said Harvey Mason Jr., CEO of the Recording Academy. “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.”

“What better way to introduce the CMT MUSIC AWARDS to CBS than aligning with the GRAMMYs during the network’s biggest month of music this April,” shared Margaret Comeaux, John Hamlin and Leslie Fram, executive producers, CMT MUSIC AWARDS. “Our fans can expect another unforgettable night of music, and we look forward to announcing our new date and sharing more of what we have in store for this year very soon.”

The 64th annual Grammy Awards will broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 3, airing on CBS at 8 pm ET/5 pm PT. The CMT Music Awards will move to a date later in April. Led by Mickey Guyton and Chris Stapleton, you can find the list of country Grammy nominees here.