With the Recording Academy planning a press conference next week in New York, it appears the Grammys may be heading back to the Big Apple. A Recording Academy spokesperson would not reveal specifics of the Wednesday media event at the Theater at Madison Square Garden but confirmed that it would be Grammy-related.
The Grammys — which had been alternating host cities — have not been held in New York since 1998, when Recording Academy president/CEO Michael Greene and New York’s mayor at the time, Rudolph Giuliani, got into a much-publicized dispute. At the time, Greene vowed that future Grammy ceremonies would be hosted exclusively in Los Angeles.
Giuliani’s term ended Dec. 31, and the ascension of new mayor Michael Bloomberg has given the Recording Academy an opportunity to revisit its stance on the city. Additionally, the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks have yielded a great, nationwide outpouring of support for New York.