The first Grammy Awards ceremony was held on May 4, 1959, to honor recordings released during the previous year. "It was a bit of a routine that we used to have that we got away from for good business reasons, hard conditions and the recession", said Portnow, referring to the previous practice of regularly moving the show between NY and Los Angeles.
The 60th Annual Grammy Awards are coming to you live from the World's Most Famous Arena, Madison Square Garden in New York City, this Sunday, Jan. 28, with James Corden hosting for the second year in a row.
Before the 60 installment of the National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences' annual gala begins, here is a look back in photographs at some of the past shows. "Volare" was also named best song of the year.
"I do wish more black women were being nominated as well, but hopefully we will be next year", Ali said.
Jay-Z has earned eight Grammy nominations-more than any other artist this year.
Country singers Brothers Osborne, Eric Church and Maren Morris will pay tribute to victims of gun violence or terrorism during live music events. Lamar will compete with Jay-Z in all seven categories he is nominated in, including best rap album, best rap song, best rap performance, best rap sung performance and best music video.
Another hip-hop artist who could score big on music's biggest night is Childish Gambino, the alter-ego of U.S. actor Donald Glover.
50 Cent didn't win any Grammys that night.
Nominees for best pop vocal album include Lady Gaga's "Joanne", Coldplay's five-song EP "Kaleidoscope", Imagine Dragons' "Evolve", Lana Del Rey's "Lust for Life" and Kesha's "Rainbow", marking her first Grammy nomination.
Despite last year's Grammy shut-out of the album "ANTI", it was certified double platinum by the RIAA, peaked at number one on the Billboard 200 cart twice and spent 33 weeks in the top 10. But depending on who you ask, L.A. may have gotten the upper hand after a public skirmish in 1998 between then New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Grammy leadership or maybe it was because L.A.'s new Staples Center was built to make it easier to host a TV broadcast. The nomination of people of color in major categories acknowledges that artists' of color talents are more than the Best Urban Contemporary category, they are also more than viable candidates for Album, Record and Song of the Year.