New Venue and Schedule for Grammys 2022 Revealed
Grammy Awards 2022 has a new date!
On Tuesday, January 18, The Recording Academy announced that the 64th edition of the annual Grammy Awards will now be held on April 3, 2022. The MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas will host the event.
The official Twitter account of Recording Academy and Grammys confirmed the news on Wednesday, January 19:
— Recording Academy / GRAMMYs (@RecordingAcad) January 18, 2022
For the first time, the ceremony will be held at a location other than Los Angeles or New York since 1973 when Nashville hosted the award show. Moreover, it will be the first time the prestigious event will be held in a city in which the Recording Academy doesn’t have a subdivision.
The new date marks the latest spot in the calendar year that the Grammys will be held since the seventh edition of the annual Grammy Awards that was hosted by the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, on April 13, 1965. And that was prior to the first live telecast of the Grammy in 1971.
The delay for this year’s Grammy telecast is largely due to the surge in the omicron variant spread, and that’s about three weeks lengthier than the holdup of last year, also caused due to COVID-19 spread post-holidays in Los Angeles. As a matter of fact, the pandemic hindered all the events throughout the world since its outspread in 2019, and Grammys were also postponed last year as well.
Trevor Noah, who also hosts Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, will be hosting the award show for the second consecutive year. The Recording Academy previously revealed the award show would be rescheduled from January 31, 2022, due to fast-spreading COVID-19. Initially, the award show was scheduled to take place at the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles.
The Grammy Awards 2021 were placed further on the calendar from January 31 to March 14 last year and right after the announcement, the CEO of the Recording Academy, Harvey Mason Jr. stated while talking to Entertainment Tonight that the decision was taken “based on the decline of the health circumstances around Los Angeles and the country” surrounded by the growing pandemic.
“It didn’t feel like the right time to be having the show on Jan. 31,” he previously stated. “COVID-19 has had a big impact on our planning process and how we’re putting the show together. As we move to our March 14 date, it’ll give us a little more flexibility to watch what happens and to have more conversations with health officials and continue to evolve the show.”
The 2022 Grammys were also rescheduled from an initial telecast date of January 31, 2022. “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,” the statement revealed.
“Given the uncertainty surrounding the Omicron variant, holding the show on Jan. 31 simply contains too many risks. We look forward to celebrating music’s biggest night on a future date, which will be announced soon.”
This year’s awards show will be produced by Fulwell 73 Productions for the Recording Academy. Raj Kapoor will work as the showrunner and executive producer besides Jesse Collins and Ben Winston as executive producers, while Jeannie Rouzan-Clay will serve as co-executive producer. Hamish Hamilton will make a comeback as director, while Eric Cook will be serving as supervising producer with Tabitha D’umo, Fatima Robinson, David Wild, and Patrick Menton as producers.
Last year’s Grammy Awards changed locations from their Los Angeles home since 2000, Staples Center, now known as Crypto.com Arena to the adjacent Los Angeles Convention Center. This year will be the first instance the award show will not be held at Crypto.com Arena for two consecutive years since the venue was inaugurated.
Located on the Las Vegas Strip under the MGM Grand hotel and casino roof, the MGM Grand Garden Arena has been operating on an equal-share joint venture since 2016, between AEG and MGM Resorts International. AEG is also the owner of Crypto.com Arena, which has hosted the Grammy Awards on 19 instances during the last 22 years.
The MGM Grand Garden Arena has been hosting several marquee award shows. It has hosted the Latin Grammy Awards six times from 2014 to 2021. It was also a host to 12 Academy of Country Music Awards ceremonies from 2006 to 2019, and the Billboard Music Awards on 17 occasions from 1997 to 2019.
The 29-year-old music and sports venue have also hosted several marquee sports and music events like the Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs Manny Pacquiao fight in 2015 and the annual Halloween concert series of Phish.
In order to host the Grammys 2022 edition, there are two essential factor requirements met that make the MGM Grand Garden Arena suitable for the event, one, it is available in April and its capacity which is sufficient enough seating space, at 17,000 seats, to host the awards. However, one major disadvantage that there is about MGM Grand Garden Arena is that it doesn’t offer any luxury suites, unlike Crypto.com Arena.
And that can make some huge reductions regarding financials for Recording Academy. Each year “music’s biggest night” used to earn a huge amount which numbers up to approximately $5 million by renting Crypto.com Arena’s 172 suites, a source stated to Billboard. Due to the following scale-down at the LA Convention Center in March last year, and a ceremony with no audience, that extra revenue was likely even more essential this year.
Rescheduling the Grammys later in the spring season narrowed down the good venue options for the Recording Academy. A spring season schedule wipeouts Crypto.com Arena and possibly every big professional sports arena throughout the country. Both the NBA and NHL require every participating team in their respective leagues to schedule the playoff games and championships during all of April, May, and most of June. Although, a few expectations are those teams with no prospect of making the postseason, however, since its opening in 1999, at least one of three renter teams of Crypto.com Arena has always reached the playoff stage. Luckily, MGM Grand Garden Arena has no sports boarding team.
Since 1971, the first Grammys live broadcast, they have happened in Los Angeles 39 times, in New York 11 times, and in Nashville only in 1973 once.
Supposing if the Academy Awards happens the same as planned on March 27, it will be the second time since, as the first time it happened in 1965 that the Oscars will air earlier than the Grammys. That year The Oscars were broadcasted eight days before the Grammys, on April 5.
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The most awaited 64th annual Grammy Awards will broadcast live on CBS on April 3 from 8–11:30 p.m. ET/5–8:30 p.m. PT. Even if you’re outside US, you can still catch a glimpse of the show and watch CBS outside the US with the help of a premium VPN.