Corden Back for Grammy Encore in NYC

James Cordon

CBS’s James Cordon brings his razzle dazzle back to the Grammy Awards. (Photo by Art Streiber)

James Corden reprises his role as host for the 60th Annual Grammy Awards, live from Madison Square Garden on Jan. 28. While Corden is back, little else will  be the same for “Music’s Biggest Night,” which move to New York City after a 14-year run at Los Angeles’ Staples Center.

“We serve the music community year-round, and a large part of that community is alive and thriving in New York City and on the East Coast,” Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow said. “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.”

To commemorate the return, the Recording Academy tapped director Spike Lee for the short NY Stories, featuring New York artists sharing tuneful tales of the city. The film, produced by TBWA\Chiat\Day, takes viewers on a musical tour from the Apollo Theater in Harlem to Jay Z’s Marcy Projects in Bedford-Stuyvesant and neighborhoods and landmarks in between.

Corden himself is from England, where he grew up in a musical household; his father, Malcom, played the saxophone in the Royal Air Force band (and can still tootle). “At its best, music has the ability to make you feel like you’re not on your own. That is an unbelievably powerful thing,” Cordon told Variety in the lead-up to Grammy 2017.

Expect some carpool karaoke, taxicab edition. Mayor Bill de Blasio and his office worked tirelessly to return the show to New York City, where the Grammy telecast is estimated to provide a $200 million economic boost for the city.

“It is incredibly exciting that Music’s Biggest Night will return to the world’s greatest city,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said in making the announcement. “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. We welcome the Grammy Awards back to New York City with open arms and we look forward to continuing to partner with a music industry that supports access and empowerment in the arts.”

The 60th Annual Grammy Awards New York Host Committee includes the Mayor’s Office of Media & Entertainment; Accenture; Adidas; NYC & Company; NY is Music; Local One, IATSE; the Partnership for New York City; Related Companies; the Rudin family and Town Residential.

“It is very exciting that Music’s Biggest Night will be hosted by the country’s most iconic city from historic Madison Square Garden, and broadcast on America’s most watched network,” said Leslie Moonves, Chairman and CEO, CBS Corporation, predicting the 60th Annual Grammy Awards will be “one of the biggest television broadcasts of this or any other year.”

The telecast will be broadcast live on both coasts at a new time, 7:30–11 p.m. ET /4:30–8 p.m. PT on the CBS Television Network. The 60th Annual Grammy Awards marks the 46th consecutive year that CBS has broadcast the show, and the network has a commitment in place to host it through 2026.


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