The Grammy Awards Are Coming Back to New York City in 2018
It's been 15 years since the Grammy Awards were set in New York City, and now the show is coming back to the Big Apple. The Recording Academy announced today that the 60th annual edition of the Grammys will take place at New York City's Madison Square Garden on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018. MSG last hosted the event in 2003, after which it returned to Los Angeles where it's been broadcast from the Staples Center.
The announcement was made via a short video beginning with filmmaker and noted New Yorker - via Atlanta - Spike Lee in front of the Apollo talking about what the city is, referencing James Brown performing at the legendary venue. He's followed by a host of others known faces identified with NYC like Joan Jett and Tony Bennett espousing the virtues of the city and musical landmarks past and present like CBGB's, the Chelsea Hotel, Carnegie Hall and Electric Lady Studios.
According to the Recording Academy, the show is estimated to bring $200 million in economic benefit to the city. In a statement, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says the show is, "A unique creative, artistic and economic boon to the rich cultural fabric of our city."
"We welcome the Grammy Awards back to New York City with open arms and we look forward to continuing to partner with a music industry that supports access and empowerment in the arts," he says.
The ceremony will be broadcast live on CBS at a new time: 7:30–11 p.m. ET and 4:30–8 p.m. PT. It will mark the 46th consecutive year that CBS will broadcast the show, and the network has a commitment in place to host it through 2026.
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