The 44th annual Grammy Awards will be held Feb. 27, 2002, at Los Angeles' Staples Center, and will be broadcast on CBS. It will mark the fourth consecutive year that the event has been staged in L.A.

The 44th annual Grammy Awards will be held Feb. 27, 2002, at Los Angeles' Staples Center, and will be broadcast on CBS. It will mark the fourth consecutive year that the event has been staged in L.A.

"We are so pleased to be here in our hometown with our spectacular partners -- CBS, Staples Center and the city of Los Angeles -- to announce that the 44th show will be in our backyard," said Recording Academy president/CEO Michael Greene in making the announcement yesterday (Oct. 18).

Traditionally held in L.A., the ceremony has taken place in New York three times in the last decade: 1994, 1997, and 1998. A widely publicized riff between Greene and New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani led to the move back to the city of angels beginning with the 1999 event.

Nominees will be announced in January.

Also yesterday, CBS Television president/CEO Les Moonves announced that the network had struck a new long-term deal with the Recording Academy to broadcast the Grammy Awards through 2006. CBS will also continue is affiliation with the Latin Grammys, which were scheduled to take place at the Staples Center on Sept. 11, but were canceled in the wake of that day's terrorist attacks on the U.S. An announcement of the winners of those awards has yet to be scheduled.

In light of heightened concerns following the attacks, Tim Leiweke, president of Anschutz Entertainment Group and the Staples Center said that the venue has invested $1 million in additional security. "Everyone [attending the awards] will be safe," he said.

For more information on the Grammy Awards, visit the Recording Academy's official Web site.