Grammys 2022 host Trevor Noah says the ceremony can be political

LOS ANGELES — The Grammy Awards are a celebratory atmosphere celebrating the best in music, but host Trevor Noah says the show could touch on some serious issues, including Ukraine’s ongoing crisis.

“I think the show will find the right place and space to do something,” said the Emmy winner, who will host the show on April 3 in Las Vegas. He believes that some music artists will express their thoughts on Ukraine along with other meaningful issues that are “close to their hearts”.

“It’s one of those interesting balances in life that we try to strike, which is to acknowledge what’s happening in the world while also allowing ourselves the grace to celebrate some of the moments that are also happening,” the comedian said Host of “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” on Comedy Central.

Noah said most of the coverage of his show has focused on Ukraine, so he’s looking forward to a fun night at the Grammys – a place where global issues can also be acknowledged.

“I think it’s also important that we can recover from everything,” he said. “That is the ultimate dilemma we face. Is it important to highlight issues around the world? Certainly. It’s also important to celebrate things that are happening in the world.”

Noah returns for his second guest appearance at the Grammys, which will air live on CBS and Paramount+. The ceremony was moved from Los Angeles to Las Vegas because of rising COVID-19 cases and the Omicron variant in January, with organizers citing “too many risks” for hosting the powerful show at the time.

Last year’s Grammys had a music festival vibe, with portions of the show taking place outdoors in an intimate one-on-one setting with music artists and pre-taped performances. But for the upcoming ceremony, Noah is anticipating a hybrid model that will include fans at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

“I think the live element brings energy, but then you sacrifice a little bit of that intimacy,” said Noah, who has been cautious during last year’s pandemic while hosting “The Daily Show” from his New York apartment , but couldn’t turn down the offer to personally host his first Grammys.

“But it’s nice to have fans cheering for your favorite artist,” he said. “It’s nice to see the performances because one of the main reasons the Grammys is my favorite awards show is because it’s a live music festival.”

"It's nice to have fans cheering for your favorite artist,
“It’s nice to have fans cheering for your favorite artist,” Noah said of the performance.

Since the show takes place in Las Vegas, Noah calls the city a “perfect place to party.” He expects an entertaining show with multiple artists taking the stage including Olivia Rodrigo, BTS, Billie Eilish, Lil Nas X, Jack Harlow and Brandi Carlile.

Multi-talented Jon Batiste is the leading nominee with 11 nominations across a variety of genres including R&B, Jazz, American Roots Music, Classical and Music Video. Justin Bieber, Doja Cat and HER occupy the second highest nominations with eight nominations each.

“I think it’s going to be a celebration of an industry revival,” Noah said. “I think a lot of the artists will enjoy Vegas. Nobody lives there. There’s an element of this[show]that’s like a music camp. I think it will bring a different energy and I look forward to being a part of it.”

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