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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 60th Annual GRAMMY AWARDS, hosted by James Corden for the second time, was broadcast live on CBS from NYC's Madison Square Garden on Sunday, January 28, 2018 from 7:30-11pm ET/4:30-8pm PT. The following performers were scheduled to be on stage: Jon Batiste, Brothers Osborne, Alessia Cara, Cardi B, Childish Gambino, Eric Church, Gary Clark Jr., Miley Cyrus, Daddy Yankee, DJ Khaled, Luis Fonsi, Emmylou Harris, Elton John, Kesha, Khalid, Lady Gaga, Kendrick Lamar, Little Big Town, Logic, Patti LuPone, Bruno Mars, Maren Morris, P!nk, Ben Platt, Rihanna, Zuleyka Rivera, Sam Smith, Chris Stapleton, Sting, SZA, Bryson Tiller and U2. Plus, this year's presenters include: 18-time GRAMMY winner Tony Bennett, current GRAMMY nominee Dave Chappelle, three-time GRAMMY winner and current nominee Kelly Clarkson, professional football player Victor Cruz, co-host of THE TALK and GRAMMY winner Eve, current GRAMMY nominee Jim Gaffigan, actress Katie Holmes, previous GRAMMY nominee Nick Jonas, actress Anna Kendrick, 15-time GRAMMY winner Alicia Keys, 10-time GRAMMY winner John Legend, actor Shemar Moore, comedian and television host Trevor Noah, current GRAMMY nominee Sarah Silverman, actress and singer Hailee Steinfeld and previous GRAMMY nominee Donnie Wahlberg.

In addition to the regular performances, the event also features a tribute to the victims of the deadly Las Vegas shooting, as Eric Church, Maren Morris and Brothers Osborne -- all performers at the Route 91 Harvest Festival last year -- come together to play a special performance.

The day opens with GRAMMY'S LIVE FROM THE RED CARPET (3-6:30pm ET/Noon-3:30pm PT), hosted by Quddus with Ted Stryker reporting from backstage. Viewers can watch coverage on The Recording Academy Facebook page and CBS Facebook page via Facebook Live for the first time and During the live stream, fans will be able to submit questions via Facebook for a chance to have their favorite artist answer on the red carpet.

The red-carpet coverage continues from 6:30-7:30pm ET/3:30-4:30pm PT, as CBS presents GRAMMY RED CARPET LIVE, a 60-minute pre-show special hosted by Nancy O'Dell, Kevin Frazier and Keltie Knight, who go behind the scenes at MSG to see the coolest fashion trends and to talk to music's biggest stars before they take the stage for Music's Biggest Night.

Plus, viewers can also watch the GRAMMY AWARDS live online through CBS All Access. This online version is accessible in markets across the U.S. online at; on mobile devices via the CBS App for iOS, Android and Windows 10; and on Roku Players, Apple TV, Chromecast, Android TV, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Fire TV, Samsung Smart TVs and Amazon Channels.


Other Titles

  • Also known as The Grammys

Production & Distribution

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

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.