NEW YORK — The Grammy Awards are expected to return to New York City in 2018, according to a report from the New York Times.
It’s been more than a decade since the awards were last held at Madison Square Garden. Mayor Bloomberg persuaded the Recording Academy to bring the awards show to the city in 2003 after four years in California, according to the Times.
A formal announcement by Mayor de Blasio is expected in the coming weeks after negotiations with host committee members and members from the Academy. Committee members have already reportedly been informed of the move to New York.
A dinner will be held Wednesday by the academy and the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment to “discuss the return of the Grammys” according to an invitation sent to host committee members.
A spokesperson for de Blasio told the Times the city was hoping for a formal decision soon but declined to confirm the Grammys would move back to New York.
The ceremony has bounced between Los Angeles and New York since the award show made its debut in 1959, and has been held in Los Angeles since 2004 due to cost and venue.
Holding the ceremony in New York would reportedly cost several million dollars more than what it would cost in Los Angeles, and moving cross country would require the Recording Academy to cover the price.
Secondly, the Staples Center in L.A. was designed to accommodate the awards show. That was a key factor in keeping the ceremony there, according to the Times.
Several industry insiders are happy the awards show is returning to New York.
“We’re thrilled the Recording Academy is in extensive discussions to return the Grammy Awards to N.Y.C. in 2018,” Neda Azarfar, a spokeswoman for the Recording Academy, said in a statement.
“This is going to be incredible for this city,” said Daniel Glass, a member of the Grammys host committee. Glass also works for an independent music label that represents artists including Phoenix, Chvrches and Childish Gambino.