California Wants Grammys to Stay in L.A.

By | January 31, 2003 at 12:00 AM

California lawmakers want the Grammy Awards to stay in Los Angeles, where they have been held for 34 of the last 44 years.

A resolution formally making that request of the Natl. Academy of Recording & Sciences has been unanimously approved by the State Assembly’s Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism & Internet Media Committee. Its backers plan to push the measure through the State Legislature prior to the Feb. 23 Grammys, being held this year in New York City.

“Los Angeles is renowned worldwide for its entertainment industry, and it’s appropriate that the Grammy ceremonies remain there,” said Assembly member Rebecca Cohn (D-San Jose), who is chair of the committee. “The Grammys also provide much-needed economic stimulus for Los Angeles and the state.”

The academy released a statement saying it “appreciates the support and enthusiasm” and adding it evaluates potential host cities on an annual basis. The show generates an estimated $35 million-$40 million in economic activity for the host region.

The academy announced the selection of New York in April, ending a four-year run in Los Angeles. The upcoming show will be the first on a Sunday rather than the traditional Wednesday air date.