Grammy Awards Returning to New York After 15 Years Away
Today, the Recording Academy has confirmed what must be the worst-kept secret in the music business: The Grammy Awards are returning to New York for their 60th anniversary show, which will take place at Madison Square Garden on January 28. The awards will be broadcast on CBS for the 46th consecutive year.
To say that the announcement has been a long time coming is an epic understatement: The awards have been held in New York just once in the past 19 years. The Grammys had basically alternated between Los Angeles and New York for much of their history. But after a public spat between then-Academy chief Michael Greene and then-mayor Rudy Giuliani, the awards decamped to the then-new Staples Center in 1999 — which was designed with awards shows in mind — returning to New York only in 2003.
While discussions had taken place sporadically since Neil Portnow was appointed Academy president in 2002, things shifted into high gear early last year after Julie Menin named head of New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s new media and entertainment commission. Sources say she was a motivating force for the city, rallying sponsors ranging from Adidas to management consulting/professional services company Accenture to cover the substantial expenses of staging the Grammys at the Garden.
“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,” said Recording Academy president/CEO Neil Portnow in a statement.
“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,” New York City mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement. “Madison Square Garden is extremely honored to host the 60th anniversary of the Grammy Awards when they return to The Garden for the third time in their history,” said James L. Dolan, executive chairman, The Madison Square Garden Company. “It is very exciting that Music’s Biggest Night will be hosted by the country’s most iconic city from historic Madison Square Garden, and broadcast on America’s most watched network,” said Leslie Moonves, Chairman and CEO, CBS Corporation.
To announce the how’s return to New York, the Recording Academy worked with creative agency TBWA\Chiat\Day and director Spike Lee on a film called “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 Brooklyn.
In addition to holding the 60th annual Grammys in New York, The Recording Academy is relocating its yearly slate of affiliated parties to NYC — all in proximity to the awards ceremony site, Madison Square Garden.
Here’s Where The Official Grammy Parties Will Be In NYC
1. MusiCares Person of the Year Honoring Fleetwood Mac (Jan. 26): Los Angeles’ living legends will be feted at Radio City Music Hall.
Radio City Music Hall 1260 Sixth Ave.
2. Grammy Nominee Reception(Jan. 27): Nominees will gather at the Ziegfeld Ballroom, formerly the famed Ziegfeld Theater, on Grammy eve.
Ziegfeld Ballroom 141 W. 54th St.
3. Clive Davis/Recording Academy Pre-Grammy Gala (Jan. 27): A perennial hot ticket for artists and executives alike, held at the Sheraton Times Square.
Sheraton Times Square 811 Seventh Ave.
4. Grammy Celebration (Jan. 28): The academy’s official awards afterparty will take place at the Marriott Marquis.
Marriott Marquis 1535 Broadway