Grammys turn sour for the Big Apple

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The Independent Online
FOR DAYS, New York has been in glorious - and gloriously fatuous - Grammy-mode as the talented, the sexy and the ageing of the recording world have tripped into town for the music awards held at the Radio City Music Hall last night, writes David Usborne in New York.

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.