New York City has been waiting for its turn to host Grammy’s again since 2003. After months of speculations and coy confirmations- both city officials and Recording Academy sources have officially announced that The Grammy Awards will return to New York City in 2018. The main event is scheduled to take place at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018.
Throughout much of 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, the Grammys essentially rotated back and forth between New York and Los Angeles, before setting up shop at the Staples Center in L.A. beginning in 2004. This event is brought back to New York after a years-long process that began as early as 2014 and kicked into high gear over the past year. Also considering the fact that half of the members of the Academy reside in the East Coast and given that this is an anniversary year – it’s a special opportunity to celebrate!
Although this venture is a one-year deal as The Grammy is scheduled to return to Los Angeles in 2019 for a couple of years. Neil Portnow – a native New Yorker whose first Grammy award after being named President was the last New York edition (2003) said, “I am a proponent of having an open mind, being willing to experiment, take risks and try things, also mix it up and not be predictable. There are opportunities in the future for the event to be [in different locations], whether in New York or in other cities…. There’s nothing like the Grammys to focus the spotlight on a worldwide basis wherever we are. Since Grammy is at such a level that we cannot just go to a city and do the show, you have to have a venue that can accommodate it. Referring to the size of the show and the needs that we have, there aren’t a whole lot of options in New York, period. ”
According to the Mayor’s office, the Grammys are expected to bring $200 million indirectly – as well as an additional several hundred millions in tourism.