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It's official: the Grammy Awards are heading back to New York in 2018.
After months of speculation, the Recording Academy confirmed on Tuesday "Music's Biggest Night" will celebrate its 60th anniversary on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018, at Madison Square Garden, after 14 consecutive years at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
"As a native New Yorker and lifelong supporter of the city's vibrant arts scene, I couldn't be more excited to return in 2018 and celebrate 60 years of honoring the best of the best in recorded sound in the world-class venue that is Madison Square Garden," Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow said in a statement.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio added: "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."
The Grammys were last held in New York in 2003. The annual celebration had rotated between the Big Apple and L.A. through 1999, but a spat with New York's mayor at the time, Rudy Giuliani, prompted the Academy to stay put on the West Coast, thanks to the then-new Staples Center, which had been designed with consideration for awards show production.
Next year's ceremony will once again air live coast-to-coast on CBS, but it will start 30 minutes earlier than previous years, at 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT.