The Grammys are coming back to New York next year

For the first time in 15 years, the Grammy Awards will be held in the Big Apple at Madison Square Garden on January 28th, 2018. The awards have been held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles since 2004.

Neil Portnow, president of the Recording Academy, told Billboard, “It had always been something I had thought was of interest to us; it was really all about the details. 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.”

The Mayor’s office predicts that the Grammys will bring in $200 million in economic benefits for Manhattan, including $82 million that will be spent directly and another $120 million indirectly. They also expect an additional several hundred million dollars in tourism.

As part of the official location change announcement, Spike Lee worked alongside the Academy for a video that the press release calls “a musical tour of the city.”

Even Bill de Blasio released a statement about the news, saying, “It is incredibly exciting that Music’s Biggest Night will return to the world’s greatest city. 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.”

[Billboard]