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Grammy Awards

The Grammy Awards are presented annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States for outstanding achievements in the music industry. The Grammy awards are named for the trophy, a small, gilded gramophone statuette.

The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) was established in 1957 by music professionals and label executives in Los Angeles.

On May 4, 1959 the first Grammy ceremony were held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, and took place on the night of November 29, 1959, as an episode of the NBC anthology series Sunday Showcase, which was normally devoted to plays, original TV dramas, and variety shows.

Throughout the 1960s a series of taped annual specials called The Best on Record were broadcast on NBC.

Until 1971, awards ceremonies were held in both New York and Los Angeles, with winners accepting at one of the two. Pierre Cossette bought the rights to broadcast the ceremony from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and organized the first live telecast.

CBS bought the rights in 1973 after moving the ceremony to Nashville, Tennessee; the American Music Awards were created for ABC as a result.