It's official! The 60th annual GRAMMY Awards will make its return to New York City in 2018, marking the first time the show has taken place in the Big Apple in 15 years. It was first reported last November, but now the Recording Academy and city officials have confirmed the news.
"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," Neil Portnow, president of the Recording Academy, told Billboard. "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."
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio also commented on the announcement, saying "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." Next year's GRAMMYs will take place on Jan. 28, 2018 live from Madison Square Garden.
The 2017 ceremony (which aired on Feb. 12) was a big night for Beyoncé, David Bowie, Drake, Chance the Rapper, Adele and The Chainsmokers, who took home major awards. Next, watch Steve Aoki recall the moment when he found out about his 2017 GRAMMY nomination from a text: