For the second year in a row, it is New York, not Los Angeles, that is throwing this once-a-year party. It is reckoned that the city economy benefits to the tune (sorry) of $40m. It would seem odd, therefore, that NY's re-elected mayor, Rudolph Giuliani, would allow the relationship to go sour. Odd but true.
A spat between Mr Giuliani and the head of the Grammys organisation, Michael Greene, has grown so bad that most expect the ceremony to head back to the West Coast next year.
It began last month, when a mayoral aide discovered thatMr Giuliani would not be reading out the names of the award nominees at a press conference. She complained to Mr Greene, who apparently responded with a variety of obscenities.
Mr Greene made a limited apology last weekend. Unimpressed, Mr Giuliani called his words "phony" and was not expected at Radio City last night.Reuse content