Grammy Awards Returning To NYC After Spending 14 Years In LA

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The Grammy Awards are in a New York State of Mind.

The Recording Academy announced Tuesday that the 2018 Grammys would return to New York City after spending the last 14 years in Los Angeles.

“It is incredibly exciting that Music’s Biggest Night will return to the world’s greatest city,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “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.”

“It is very exciting that Music’s Biggest Night will be hosted by the country’s most iconic city from historic Madison Square Garden and broadcast on America’s most watched network,” Chairman and CEO of CBS Leslie Moonves added.

“Congratulations to New York!” one woman said.

“I love it that it’s coming back to New York. I think it’s fly,” a man added.

“It’s just a mecca for art and music in general, so it makes sense to me that they would have it here,” Kalia Vandever, of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, said.

The show will take place at Madison Square Garden on Jan. 28, 2018. MSG last hosted the Grammys in 2003.

Spike Lee, a New Yorker, directed a video called “NY Stories” to coincide with Tuesday’s announcement. The video takes viewers on a musical tour on the city.

Quite a few people CBS2’s Elise Finch spoke to said the Grammys never should have left the Big Apple, because when they think of the music industry, they only think of New York City.

“I feel like New York is the home of a lot of music,” Brownsville resident Natalie Dubose said.

“I think LA has more of Hollywood and acting,” a man added.

“New York is where music is really made,” one woman said.

“There’s so many different sounds and performances around the city. I’m just always impressed and always learning something,” Washington Heights resident Samantha Lake said.

The show, and all the events associated with it, are expected to result in a $200 million boost to the New York City economy.

The Grammys will air live on CBS, which has been the television host for 53 consecutive years.

Adele won big at this year’s show, taking home the album of the year award for “25” as well as song and record of the year for the hit “Hello.”

Nominees for the 60th annual Grammy Awards will be announced later this year.

(© Copyright 2017 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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