Grammy Awards to Return to L.A. Next Year
.c The Associated Press
LOS ANGELES (AP)
- After shifting to the Big Apple, the Grammy Awards are coming back to the City of Angels.
The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences announced Tuesday that its 46th annual ceremony honoring the best of music will take place at the Staples Center arena in Los Angeles on Feb. 8.
Mayor James Hahn said the announcement was ``great news for our City of Angels and reaffirms our place as the entertainment capital of the world.''
The Grammys, which once frequently bounced back and forth between the two cities, settled in Los Angeles for four consecutive years, from 1998-2002. That was due in part to Michael Greene, the former head of the Grammy organization. He had a much-publicized feud with former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, who had accused Greene of unleashing a stream of obscenities at a mayoral staffer in 1998.
Within days of current Mayor Michael Bloomberg's 2001 election, Greene began talks to return the show to New York, and the ceremony took place in Madison Square Garden last February.
Greene himself has since stepped down amid investigations of alleged sexual harassment, even though the Grammy organization said he was cleared of wrongdoing.
Current Grammy chief Neil Portnow said in a statement he was ``delighted'' that the show is back in Los Angeles.
Along with an economic boost, the Grammys also bring a monthlong series of festivities before the telecast that includes performances, exhibits, workshops and educational events.
CBS will telecast the Grammy Awards live. Nominees were to be announced Dec. 4 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.
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