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Grammy Awards

Grammy Awards

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  • Premiered: 
    November 29, 1959
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  • Network: NBC
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Award
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
  • Subject Matter: Musical
  • Tags: celebrity

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Plot Synopsis

The Recording Academy, founded in 1957, celebrates music, honors achievements in the recording arts, and supports the music community. The Grammy Awards are peer-presented awards that honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to album sales or chart position. Since 1959, the Recording Academy has recognized the Album of the Year, whose winners include: Henry Mancini, Barbra Streisand, Frank Sinatra, The Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, U2, Eric Clapton, Lauryn Hill, Outkast, and many others. THE GRAMMY AWARDS were first televised on NBC's SUNDAY SHOWCASE on Sunday, November 29, 1959 at 8pm ET in a one-hour taped event, featuring host Meredith Willson and performances by Bobby Darin ("Mack the Knife"), Duke Ellington ("Anatomy of a Murder"), Jimmy Driftwood ("Battle of New Orleans"), and more. Off the air for three years (but only two ceremonies because of a schedule change for the Grammys), THE GRAMMY AWARDS planned its television return with a taped broadcast for Sunday, November 24, 1963, only to be delayed for two weeks after President John F. Kennedy was assassinated two days before the scheduled premiere date. The 5th annual event finally aired on NBC on Sunday, December 8, 1963, as part of its BEST ON RECORD program, to a smaller-than-expected viewership. In 1964, the 6th annual GRAMMY AWARDS were not televised, but returned to TV in 1965 with a taped event that NBC once again presented as a BEST ON RECORD show. NBC continued to air a tape-delayed special of THE GRAMMY AWARDS each year through 1970, using its BEST ON RECORD show as a platform for the awards program and musical performances. In 1971, THE GRAMMY AWARDS were presented live for the first time, with ABC broadcasting a 90-minute special on Tuesday, March 16, 1971 at 8:30pm ET. After one more live event on ABC, THE GRAMMY AWARDS switched to CBS in 1973, where it has been telecast live every year since.
The 62nd Annual GRAMMY AWARDS, hosted again by Alicia Keys, was broadcast live on CBS from Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, January 26, 2020 from 8-11:30pm ET/5-8:30pm PT. The following performers were scheduled to be on stage: Gary Clark Jr. is joined by The Roots to perform Clark's Song, "This Land"; Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Trombone Shorty unite to honor those we have lost this year in this year's "In Memoriam" tribute; Sheila E. takes the stage with Usher for a salute to Prince; Kirk Franklin, DJ Khaled, John Legend, Meek Mill, Roddy Ricch and YG gather to honor Nipsey Hussle; Aerosmith; BTS; Joshua Bell; Camila Cabello; Brandi Carlile; Common; Misty Copeland; Billy Ray Cyrus; Diplo; Billie Eilish; Ariana Grande; H.E.R.; Jonas Brothers; Lang Lang; Cyndi Lauper; Lil Nas X; Lizzo; Demi Lovato; Ben Platt; Mason Ramsey; Rosalia; Run-D.M.C.; Blake Shelton; Gwen Stefani; the War and Treaty; Tanya Tucker; Tyler, The Creator; and Charlie Wilson. Plus, this year's presenters include: Common, Ava DuVernay, Cynthia Erivo, Jim Gaffigan, Dua Lipa, Trevor Noah, Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne, Billy Porter, Bebe Rexha, Smokey Robinson, Shania Twain, Keith Urban and Stevie Wonder.

One special segment of the awards program, "Old Town Road All-Stars," features current nominees Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus, joined by BTS, Diplo, Mason Ramsey and other surprise guests.

Additionally, to acknowledge the importance of music education in schools by both the longtime Grammy executive producer Ken Ehrlich and the Recording Academy, artists associated with Ehrlich's 40-year career gather to perform "I Sing the Body Electric" from the film FAME. The performance features current nominees Camila Cabello, Gary Clark Jr. and John Legend, joined by Debbie Allen, Joshua Bell, Common, Misty Copeland, Lang Lang, Cyndi Lauper, Ben Platt and the War and Treaty.

The night opens with GRAMMY RED CARPET LIVE, a 60-minute pre-show special (7-8pm ET/4-5pm PT) hosted by Kevin Frazier and Keltie Knight, who go behind the scenes at Staples Center to see the coolest fashion trends and to talk to music's biggest stars before they take the stage for Music's Biggest Night.


Other Titles

  • Also known as The Grammys

Production & Distribution

  • Produced by John Cossette Productions (2012)
  • Produced by AEG Ehrlich Ventures (2106)


  • Beverly Hilton Hotel (1965) - Beverly Hills, California USA
  • Radio City Music Hall (1966, 1968-1970, 1981, 1988, 1991, 1992, 1 - Manhattan, New York USA
  • Los Angeles Music Center (1967) - Los Angeles, California USA
  • Hollywood Palladium (1971, 1974, 1976, 1977) - Los Angeles, California USA
  • Felt Forum (1972) - New York City, New York USA
  • Tennessee Theatre (1973) - Nashville, Tennessee USA
  • Uris Theatre (1975) - New York City, New York USA
  • Shrine Auditorium (1978-1980, 1982-1987, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1995, - Los Angeles, California USA
  • Madison Square Garden (1997, 2003, 2018) - Manhattan, New York USA
  • Staples Center (2000-2002, 2004-2017, 2019, 2020) - Los Angeles, California USA

Firsts, Lasts & Notable Notes

  • March 16, 1971: First live telecast of The Grammy Awards.
  • February 22, 1989: First commercial (Pepsi-Cola) broadcast on US TV in Spanish -- without subtitles or dubbing.