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Grammys to return to Los Angeles

The Grammys will go Hollywood in 2004, returning to Los Angeles.
/ Source: Reuters

Next year’s 47th annual Grammy Awards, the music industry’s top honors show, will be held again in Los Angeles, on Feb. 13., the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences Thursday.

The Grammys have traditionally shifted between New York and Los Angeles, but in recent years have been held more frequently in California after a feud between former Grammy head Michael Greene and former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, who accused Greene of verbally berating one of his staffers in 1998.

Following the feud, the Grammys were held for four straight years, from 1999-2002, in Los Angeles before moving to Madison Square Garden in New York in 2003 following overtures by Giuliani’s successor, Michael Bloomberg.

Greene resigned and was replaced by Neil Portnow in 2002.

“Grammy Sunday is music’s biggest night, attracting millions of viewers around the world,” Portnow said in a statement on Thursday.

The Grammys, which will be staged at the Staples Center, bring an estimated $30 million to the local economy.

CBS will telecast the Grammy Awards live for the 32nd year in a row. Nominees will be announced Dec. 8 in Los Angeles. CBS is a unit of Viacom Inc.