Music industry’s top awards The Grammy Awards will return to Los Angeles for 10th straight year in 2013. The event will be taking place on February 10 next year, according to the organisers. The annual concert that discloses the nominations will also be held in Los Angeles and will take place on December 5, 2012, the Recording Academy said in a statement.
Both the nominations and the awards — in its 55th edition for 2013 — will take place in the city’s Staples Centre and be broadcast live on the US television network CBS. Even though the show has more than 70 categories, only a handful of those will be featuring in the nominations and awards show, including the top honours of album, record and song of the year.
A week of cultural events and activities take place in the run up to music’s biggest night, including producer Clive Davis’ pre-Grammy gala — the night before the awards. The pre-Grammy fiesta, that was held in February, 2012 was struck by tragedy after the sudden death of singer Whitney Houston a few hours before the party. Houston’s death cast a shadow on the 2012 awards show, and the late singer was commemorated by Jennifer Hudson singing “I Will Always Love You”.
The 54th edition of the Grammys in February saw a record 39.9 million viewers tune in to see British singer Adele sweep top categories, who took six Grammys home and sang a heartfelt rendition of her hit single “Rolling In The Deep”. It was her first performance since her throat surgery in late 2011.
The awards show also brought back a host for the first time in seven years with actor-singer LL Cool J and featured performances by Bruno Mars, Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj and an electronic dance music tribute by Deadmau5 and Foo Fighters.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 2nd, 2012.
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