Grammy Awards in New York for 60th an­niver­sary

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The 2018 Grammy Awards will take place in New York — a move that will co­in­cide with the 60th an­niver­sary of the event, Record­ing Academy of­fi­cials un­veiled Tues­day.

The cer­e­mony will be held Jan. 28 at Madi­son Square Gar­den, which last hosted the Gram­mys in 2003, on its 45th an­niver­sary.

“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,” Mayor Bill de Bla­sio said in a state­ment.

In con­junc­tion with the shift to New York from its long­time home at Sta­ples Cen­ter, di­rec­tor Spike Lee has been tapped to cre­ate a pro­mo­tional video ti­tled “N.Y. Sto­ries,” spot­light­ing New York celebri­ties shar­ing anec­dotes about dif­fer­ent New York neigh­bour­hoods. “I’m honoured to be a part of this homage to the city I love, that is wel­com­ing the 60th an­niver­sary of the Gram­mys into its big warm arms,” Lee said in a state­ment.

The first Grammy Awards cer­e­mony took place on May 4, 1959, rec­og­niz­ing record­ings re­leased dur­ing 1958, and was a bi­coastal event held at the Bev­erly Hil­ton Ho­tel in Bev­erly Hills and the Park Sheraton Ho­tel in New York City.

Academy of­fi­cials are not en­vi­sion­ing a per­ma­nent move to New York, and have in­di­cated plans to shift the cer­e­mony from time to time to dif­fer­ent host cities.

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