CBS and the Recording Academy have reached a deal to broadcast the Grammy Awards through 2026, setting a record in the process.
The agreement means the Grammys will be on CBS for 54 consecutive years, making it the longest continuous partnership between an awards show and a broadcaster in TV history.
In addition to the actual awards broadcast, the deal includes the Recording Academy’s annual two-hour Grammy specials, as well as additional programming opportunities. Details of the latter telecasts will be announced in the coming months.
“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,” said Neil Portnow, president and CEO of the Recording Academy. “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’s past and future,” added Leslie Moonves, chairman of the Board, president and CEO of CBS Corporation. “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.”
The 59th Annual Grammy Awards will take place live on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, at Staples Center in Los Angeles at 5 p.m. PT / 8 p.m. ET.