60th Annual Grammy Awards – Show – New York, USA, 01/28/2018 – Grammy Awards trophies are displayed backstage during the pre-broadcast. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

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LOS ANGELES, Jan 18 (Reuters) – The Grammy Awards for Best Musical Performance has been postponed until April 3 in Las Vegas, the Recording Academy and broadcaster CBS said in a statement on Tuesday.

The awards were scheduled to take place on January 31 in downtown Los Angeles, but organizers canceled that date as the Omicron variant sparked a new wave of COVID-19 infections.

Comedian Trevor Noah will host the ceremony, which will be televised and broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

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Nominations for the 2022 Grammys were announced in November. Pianist and bandleader Jon Batiste has led a field ranging from rap to jazz and embraced newcomers from teenage pop sensation Olivia Rodrigo to veteran crooner Tony Bennett, 95, who won his first Grammy in 1963.

The 2021 Grammy Awards have also been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The ceremony took place in March instead of January and included a mix of pre-recorded and live segments in front of a small, socially distanced audience.

Organizers have provided few details about the 2022 show beyond the new date and venue.

The new Grammys date forced a change for the CMT Music Awards for Country Music, which was scheduled for April 3. They will now take place later in April, CBS said.

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Reporting by Lisa Richwine; Editing by Leslie Adler, Mark Heinrich and Sandra Maler

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