Grammys Stay in California

The Grammys will be staged for the fourth consecutive year in Los Angeles.

"We are so pleased to be here in our hometown with our spectacular partners — CBS, Staples Center and the city of Los Angeles — to announce that the 44th show will be in our back yard," said Michael Greene, president of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences.

CBS will broadcast the three-hour Feb. 27 show for a 29th consecutive year and Greene said the network would continue its Grammy affiliation through 2006.

Joining Greene for Thursday's announcement were recording stars Mary J. Blige, A.B. Quintanilla, Dave Koz, Shea Seger and Tyrese.

The Grammys show has traditionally been held in Los Angeles, but NARAS brought them to New York in 1994, 1997 and 1998.

Nominees will be announced in January.

NARAS, established in 1957, represents more than 20,000 musicians, producers and other recording professionals. It also hands out the Latin Grammys, which were canceled Sept. 11 when terrorists attacked New York and Washington. Those awards will be given to winners privately.