Talk about monumental! Music’s most magical night—the Grammys—returns to Madison Square Garden for its 60th anniversary, bringing an iconic show and a slew of celebrity studded parties back to the Big Apple.
Jay-Z has earned eight Grammy nominations—more than any other artist this year.
Leaving Los Angeles after 15 years, the Grammys, hosted by James Corden, are back on Jan. 28 to reaffirm our city’s spot as the country’s top musical destination. Held at Madison Square Garden for the first time since 2003, the awards—and the music industry—have changed tremendously. 2003 marked the Grammys’ 45th anniversary and the return of the show to Manhattan after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. A heartfelt performance by Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band paid tribute to the victims and the city. Steven Van Zandt, Elvis Costello, and Dave Grohl joined Springsteen on stage to honor The Clash’s Joe Strummer, who died two months earlier, playing a rousing rendition of “London Calling.” Norah Jones walked away the night’s big winner, scoring awards for Album of the Year, Best New Artist, Record of the Year, Best Pop Vocal Album, and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.
Winning Best New Artist has put rookie musicians on the fast track to success; past recipients include legends such as The Beatles (1965), Cyndi Lauper (1985), and Adele (2009). According to a Grammys poll, 21-year-old Canadian songstress Alessia Cara is expected to come out on top this year. Confident and wise beyond her years, Cara is the antithesis of the female pop princess, ditching makeup and designer duds and telling relatable stories with her lyrics. Her biggest hit, “Here,” is an anthem for introverts and people who (secretly) hate parties.
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