Grammy Awards in New York for 60th anniversary
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.