Recording Academy® Announces Site and Date for 42nd Annual Grammy(r) Awards

Jun 29, 1999

Los Angeles - June 29, 1999
GRAMMYs To Be Hosted February 23, 2000 At Los Angeles' New STAPLES Center; VIPs including Mayor Richard J. Riordan, LeAnn Rimes, Quincy Jones, Snoop Dogg, Deborah Cox, Dru Hill's Sisqo, Meredith Brooks, John Mauceri, Dave Koz and Michael Greene were on hand to celebrate

The Recording Academy will stage the 42nd Annual GRAMMY Awards February 23, 2000 at Los Angeles' newest arena, the downtown STAPLES Center, it was announced by Academy President/CEO Michael Greene today at a press conference held at the site. The announcement confirms that the GRAMMYs will emanate from Los Angeles for the second consecutive year. The show will again be telecast by the CBS Television Network.

A number of recording artists were in attendance to help celebrate the announcement, including country singer LeAnn Rimes, GRAMMY Award-winning producer, composer and artist Quincy Jones, rap artist Snoop Dogg, R&B singer Deborah Cox, Dru Hill's lead singer Sisqo, rocker Meredith Brooks, principal conductor of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra John Mauceri, jazz musician Dave Koz and others.

Also on hand for the announcement were Los Angeles Mayor Richard J. Riordan, STAPLES Center senior VP/GM Bobby Goldwater, Leslie Moonves, President/CEO of CBS Television, Cody T. Cluff of the Entertainment Industry Development Corporation as well as representatives of Westwood One, the official radio network for the GRAMMYs.

"This is the world's premier music awards telecast," said Mayor Richard J. Riordan. "The GRAMMYs are seen by over 1.5 billion people in 190 countries, and for anybody who wants to know what kind of impact the GRAMMYs have, I have two words: Ricky Martin."

"We're excited to be in L.A. for a second consecutive year," said Michael Greene. "This is the home of our international headquarters and it gives us the opportunity to greatly expand on the host of educational
and cultural programs that we support during GRAMMY season. Last year, our GRAMMY Fest co-hosted some 50 different cross-cultural music, arts and education programs in conjunction with over 25 community-based organizations, from the Skirball Center to the California African American Museum.

"The GRAMMYs are the most important musical event of the year, and with the help of Mayor Riordan and his team, the GRAMMYs become an important cultural event for the city of Los Angeles by bringing together the music, political, business and arts communities for a month of celebration and opportunity. To hold the GRAMMYs in the beautiful new STAPLES Center just adds to the luster of this spectacular event," continued Greene.

"From day one, it's been our mission to bring the GRAMMYs to our building. We worked closely with the Academy throughout our development process to ensure that STAPLES Center would provide the perfect environment and the ideal situation to become the new home for the GRAMMYs in Los Angeles," said Timothy J. Leiweke, president of STAPLES Center. "We welcome the opportunity to participate with Michael Greene and Recording Academy's educational programs which continue to have a positive impact on the lives of the children in Los Angeles."

"Of all the special events that will take place in the inaugural season at STAPLES Center, none has the international prestige and universal appeal that the GRAMMY Awards bring," concurred Bobby Goldwater, STAPLES Center senior VP/GM. "It will be our privilege to host what we hope will be the first of many GRAMMY Awards at the STAPLES Center."

STAPLES center is the new $375 million downtown Los Angeles arena that will be home to the Los Angeles Lakers, Kings, Clippers and Avengers and such special events as the GRAMMY Awards. Last year, The GRAMMYs enjoyed their best ratings in over five years. Led by Lauryn Hill's first-ever Album of the Year award for a hip-ho record and a fiery Ricky Martin performance that is still reverberating today, the GRAMMYs saw a 26% increase in 18-34 year-old viewers.

"We're delighted this year to be broadcasting the world's premiere music awards show from the world's newest and finest entertainment venue," said Leslie Moonves, President/CEO of CBS Television.

In addition, the show staged a first-ever high-profile red-carpet arrivals event that proved a winner, creating extra TV coverage and a collection of photos that ran worldwide. The show was also bolstered by Westwood One's "radio circus," which brought 25 radio stations on-site for live interviews and show interaction, and an expanded GRAMMY Webcast in association with IBM.

Rudi Simpson/Recording Academy - (310) 392-3777 ext. 326
Maureen O'Connor/Rogers & Cowan - (310) 201-8816

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