Kudocast will take place at Staples Center

After shifting to the Big Apple in 2003, the Grammy Awards are coming back to the City of Angels.

The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences announced Tuesday that the 46th annual Grammys will be held Feb. 8 at Staples Center.

Mayor James Hahn said the announcement was “great news for our City of Angels and reaffirms our place as the entertainment capital of the world.”

The Grammys, which used to bounce back and forth frequently between the two cities, settled in Los Angeles for four consecutive years from 1998-2002. That was due in part to Michael Greene, the former head of the Grammy organization. He had a much-publicized feud with former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, who had accused Greene of unleashing a stream of obscenities at a mayoral staffer in 1998.

Within days of current Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s 2001 election, Greene began talks to return the show to New York, and the ceremony took place in Madison Square Garden last February.

Greene has since stepped down amid investigations of alleged sexual harassment, although NARAS said he was cleared of wrongdoing.

Current Grammy chief Neil Portnow said in a statement he was “delighted” the show is back in Los Angeles.

Along with an economic boost, the Grammys bring a monthlong series of festivities before the telecast, including music performances, exhibits, workshops and educational events.

CBS will telecast the Grammy Awards live. Nominees will be announced Dec. 4 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.

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