The Grammy Awards telecast will air on CBS through 2026, according to a deal announced Wednesday by the network and the Recording Academy, which administers the awards.
The deal will keep the Grammys on CBS, its home since 1973, for 54 consecutive broadcasts. This sets a record for the longest continuous partnership between an awards show and broadcaster in television history (exceeding ABC’s long relationship with the Oscars).
In addition to the awards broadcast, the agreement includes the academy’s annual two-hour Grammy special, as well as additional programming opportunities.
The 59th Annual Grammy Awards will air live on Feb. 12, 2017, from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
“We’ve called CBS home for more than 40 years, and they have truly become an exceptional partner to The Academy, sharing in our commitment to showcase music’s transformative power through our annual telecast,” Neil Portnow, president and CEO of The Recording Academy, said in a statement Wednesday. “The continuity of this long-standing partnership not only marks an unprecedented milestone in the industry but also enables the academy to expand its philanthropic works — preserving our musical heritage, supporting music makers in need and putting music in more schools to ensure that it remains a lasting part of our culture. We look forward to the next 10!”
“The broadcast of the Grammys and our long-standing relationship with extraordinary partners at The Recording Academy represent an important part of CBS’ past and future,” added Leslie Moonves, chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer of CBS Corp. “Everyone at CBS is proud to reach this milestone with Neil and his team, and we look forward to building on this legacy and creating more Grammy moments together well into the next decade and beyond.”