After spending close to a decade in Los Angeles, The Grammy Awards are officially headed back to the New York City for the 2018 ceremony, Billboard reports. The city's bid to host the 2018 awards was first reported in November, but city officials and the Recording Academy have now confirmed the news. The 60th Annual Grammy Awards is set to take place on January 28, 2018 at Madison Square Garden.
"It had always been something I had thought was of interest to us; it was really all about the details," Neil Portnow, president of the Recording Academy, told Billboard. "We've been in L.A. for many years; we used to bounce back and forth from time to time. With the East Coast being the home for half the membership of the Academy — certainly there's a very vibrant, vital part of the music industry on the East Coast and in New York — and given that this is an anniversary year for us, it's a special chance to celebrate."
From the 1970s through the 1990s, the Grammys rotated back-and-froth between Los Angeles and New York. The show finally settled at Los Angeles's Staples Center in 2004. According to Billboard, the effort to bring the ceremony back to the East Coast began as early as 2014.
"It is incredibly exciting that Music's Biggest Night will return to the world's greatest city," Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement on Tuesday. "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."
The return to New York City is based on a one-year deal and the awards will be returning to Los Angeles in 2019. But Portnow told Billboard, "There are opportunities in the future for the event to be [in different locations], whether in New York or in other cities."