The Recording Academy has announced that the 61st Grammy Awards will take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Feb. 10, 2019. The Grammy Awards have been held there since 2000, except for 2018, when the show was held at New York's Madison Square Garden. CBS will have the U.S. telecast of the show at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. Nominations for the ceremony will be announced Dec. 5. Eligible recordings are those released between Oct. 1, 2017, and Sept. 30, 2018.
The 2019 Grammy Awards will be the first to have the new policy of allowing up to eight nominations for each of the general-field Grammy categories: Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best New Artist. The rest of the Grammy categories will continue to have a maximum of five nominations each, except in cases where a voting tie results in more than five nominations.
The 2019 Grammy Awards will also be the last with Neil Portnow as president/CEO of the Recording Academy. Portnow, who has been the Recording Academy's leader since 2002, is leaving his Recording Academy position sometime in mid-2019. In 2018, he launched a Recording Academy diversity and inclusion task force after the 2018 Grammy Awards got public backlash because men dominated the nominations and awards. Despite the controversy, the 60th Grammy Awards received four Emmy nominations, including Outstanding Variety Special (Live).
In addition to announcing the date and location for the 2019 Grammys, the Recording Academy has revealed the official schedule for other Grammy Week 2019 events. (Locations and participants are to be announced.)
Feb. 6, 2019: Producers & Engineers Wing celebration
Feb. 7, 2019: Music Educator Award presentation and Grammy in the Schools Live! concert
Feb. 8, 2019: Entertainment Law Initiative Event and Scholarship Presentation; MusiCares Person of the Year (separate events)
Feb. 9, 2019: Grammy Nominees Reception; Clive Davis and the Recording Academy's Pre-Grammy Gala (separate events)