The 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards will take place on Jan. 28, 2018 at Madison Square Garden-- marking the first time the award show has been in New York since 2003. Los Angeles' Staples Center has hosted the Grammys for the past 14 years, with the 2017 awards taking place on Feb. 12.
CBS has exclusively broadcast the Grammys for the past 45 years, and will continue to do so through 2026. Next year's awards will start slightly earlier, however-- airing from 7:30–11 p.m. ET and 4:30–8 p.m. PT. A press release indicates that NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio lobbied for the relocation, citing the city's dedication to arts and culture. Hosting the 2018 Grammys could also bring an estimated $200 million to the city. "Playing host to the music industry's marquee awards show is a unique creative, artistic and economic boon to the rich cultural fabric of our city," de Blasio said. "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."
The venue change was announced in a one-and-a-half-minute video featuring NY celebs Spike Lee, Q-Tip, Cyndi Lauper, Maxwell and more. In "NY Stories," landmarks across boroughs are displayed while the entertainers discuss iconic New York events, people and venues. The video-- presented in collaboration with creative agency TBWA\Chiat\Day-- ends with Lee declaring that New York is "the city of music."
Recording Academy President and CEO Neil Portnow also acknowledged New York's strong influence on culture and the entertainment industry. "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," he explained. "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."
Some unforgettable past Grammy performances and fashions include Eminem and Elton John performing "Stan," a very pregnant M.I.A. performing with Jay-Z, T.I., Lil Wayne, and Kanye West on "Swagga Like Us," and Jennifer Lopez hitting the red carpet in a daring Versace dress. A highly-anticipated return to the Big Apple will surely bring even more momentous occasions. "MSG has been the site of many of the most legendary and enduring moments in music history — and we think the 2018 Grammys will be a perfect addition to that great legacy," said Madison Square Garden Company executive chairman James L. Dolan. "We are thankful to Mayor de Blasio and all of those who worked so hard to make this return possible."
The 2017 Grammys awarded Adele "Album of the Year" for 25, "Record of the Year" and "Song of the Year" for "Hello," and awarded Chance the Rapper the coveted "Best New Artist" award. For a full recap of the 2017 Grammy's winners and nominees, visit the Academy's website. Watch the "NY Stories" video announcement above!