New York’s a nice place to visit, but Los Angeles is home. So the Recording Academy seemed to say with Tuesday’s announcement that the Grammy ceremony is moving back to California this winter. After a brief sojourn to Manhattan this year, the awards show will be held in Los Angeles for the fifth time in six years when the 46th annual Grammys takes place at Staples Center on Feb. 8.
The show had alternated between the East and West coasts for years until a 1998 spat between then-Academy president Michael Greene and then-New York mayor Rudy Giuliani led the Academy to pull the show out of the Big Apple for four years. In 2003, with both Greene and Giuliani out of office, the ceremony returned to Madison Square Garden. Hosting the Grammys can be worth tens of millions of dollars to a city’s economy, and Los Angeles Mayor James Hahn certainly seemed glad that it would be his city’s turn in 2004. ”This is great news for our City of Angels and reaffirms our place as the entertainment capital of the world,” he said in a statement.”
Nominations for the upcoming music awards will be announced on Dec. 4. February’s Grammy show will air live on CBS.