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Published: 2017/05/09

Grammys to Return to New York City in 2018

The Grammys have officially announced that their 60th annual ceremony will take place at New York’s Madison Square Garden in 2018, returning to the city for the first time since 2003 after being held at Los Angeles’ Staples Center since 2004, Billboard reports.

Neil Portnow, president of the Recording Academy, and Julie Menin, the recently appointed commissioner of the New York Mayor’s Office of Media, both spoke with Billboard on their combined efforts to bring the Grammys back to New York.

“It had always been something I had thought was of interest to us; it was really all about the details,” Portnow says. “And given that this is an anniversary year for us, it’s a special chance to celebrate.”

For her part, Menin gathered a committee of organizations to help with the switch to MSG (which hosted the Grammys in 1997 and 2003), as the move from LA would cost the Recording Academy up to $6.5 million. She also spoke on the non-Grammy ongoings that New York will host around the ceremony.

“There will of course be the many Grammy-related events that happen in and around the city, and we’re really focused on inclusion and access,” Menin says. “There are a limited number of people that attend the awards themselves, and then of course many millions of people who watch the event on TV, but we’re really focused also on celebrating music in general in New York City.”

For the announcement, the Grammys released a “New York City of Music” video with Spike Lee about the rich musical history of New York, including appearances from A Tribe Called Quest’s Q-Tip, Nile Rogers, Tony Bennet, Joan Jett, Cyndi Lauper, Grandmaster Flash and more. Watch below.

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