After a 15-year absence, the Grammy Awards are returning to New York City next winter to celebrate the 60th anniversary of music’s biggest night. The ceremony on Sunday Jan. 28, 2018 will take place at Madison Square Garden and air live on CBS.
In making the announcement, recording academy President/CEO Neil Portnow said, “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.”
To celebrate the show’s return to New York, the Grammys commissioned Spike Lee to make a short film, “NY Stories,” in which Gotham-based artists share their first musical memories (watch above). Said the filmmaker, “I’m honored 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.”
Not surprisingly, given the estimated boost of $200 million to the local economy, New York City mayor Bill de Blasio is delighted with the news. “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. 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 Grammys will be broadcast live on both coasts at a new time, 7:30–11 p.m. ET /4:30–8 p.m. PT on CBS. This will be the 46th consecutive year that CBS has broadcast the show, and the network has a commitment in place to host it through 2026.