List of Grammy Award ceremony locations
The Grammy Awards have been held at multiple locations throughout the years. In 1971 the Grammy Awards had its first live telecast and therefore had its own sole venue each year for the telecast. From 1963 to 1970 the Academy aired a TV special annually called "The Best On Record" which highlighted the awards dinners. Since 2000, the Grammy Awards have been held in the Staples Center located in Downtown Los Angeles.
From 1959 to 1970 Awards dinners were held in the following locations simultaneously on the same day:
- 1959–1961: Los Angeles, Beverly Hills and New York
- 1962–1964: Chicago, Los Angeles and New York
- 1965–1970: Chicago, Los Angeles, Nashville and New York
Grammy Award ceremonies have been televised live since 1971. The Staples Center has hosted the most Grammy Award telecasts, having hosted nineteen times. The Shrine Auditorium which hosted sixteen times was surpassed by the Staples Center in 2017. Los Angeles has held a total of 38 Grammy Award telecasts, with New York having hosted ten times and Nashville serving as host once.
Listed below is a table showing Grammy Award ceremonies. Future editions of the Grammy Awards are designated in italics.
Most frequent venues
With nineteen telecasts hosted, the Staples Center has hosted the most Grammy telecasts. The Staples Center surpassed the Shrine Auditorium as the most frequently used venue in 2016. The Shrine Auditorium hosted fifteen times between 1978 and 1999.
While the Staples Center hosts the main telecast which is broadcast on CBS, the premiere ceremony (also known as the Pre-Telecast) is held at the neighboring Microsoft Theater, which is just across the street from the Staples Center. The MusiCares Person of the Year tribute is held at the adjacent Los Angeles Convention Center two days prior to the Grammy Awards.
Most frequent host cities
Los Angeles has held a total of 38 Grammy telecasts, and a total of 50 including the pre-broadcast era years. The last time the Grammy Awards took place outside of Los Angeles was in 2018.