New York, NY (May 10, 2017)—The Recording Academy put an end to the rumors on May 9 with an official announcement that the GRAMMY Awards’ 60th anniversary show will be held at Madison Square Garden in New York for the first time in 15 years.
The Recording Academy, in close collaboration with the Mayor’s Office of New York City, Madison Square Garden and CBS Corporation, announced that “Music’s Biggest Night” will take place at New York City’s Madison Square Garden on Sunday, January 28, 2018. Madison Square Garden last hosted the GRAMMYs in 2003, which was also the first year that the show was broadcast in HDTV with a 5.1 soundtrack.
“While we’re best known for Music’s Biggest Night, we serve the music community year-round, and a large part of that community is alive and thriving in New York City and on the East Coast,” said Recording Academy president/CEO Neil Portnow in a statement. “As a native New Yorker and lifelong supporter of the city’s vibrant arts scene, I couldn’t be more excited to return in 2018 and celebrate 60 years of honoring the best of the best in recorded sound in the world-class venue that is Madison Square Garden.”
To announce the show’s return to New York, The Recording Academy worked with creative agency TBWA\Chiat\Day and director Spike Lee on a star-studded film, titled “NY Stories,” featuring New York artists sharing New York musical stories. The film takes viewers on a musical tour of the city, from the Apollo Theater in Harlem to Jay Z’s Marcy Projects in Bedford-Stuyvesant, to all the neighborhoods and musical landmarks in between.
According to a report in the New York Times on May 8, the GRAMMY Awards will return to Los Angeles in 2019: “AEG, the entertainment company that owns Staples Center — and competes with the Madison Square Garden Company, which owns the Forum in Inglewood, Calif. — booked the awards to a multiyear deal, starting in 2019, well before next year’s show was confirmed for New York.”
The 2018 telecast will be live on both coasts at a new time, 7:30–11 p.m. ET /4:30–8 p.m. PT on the CBS Television Network. The 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards marks the 46th consecutive year that CBS has broadcast the show; the network has a commitment in place to host it through 2026.
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