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And the winner of next year's Grammy Awards ceremony is: Los Angeles, which beat out New York.

The music industry awards show has been held in New York's Radio City Music Hall for three of the past four years, including this one. The 37th annual ceremony is scheduled for March 1 at Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium.In recent years, both cities have fiercely competed to be the host of the show, which brings prestige and millions of dollars into city coffers.

The decision to return to Los Angeles hinged on the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences' desire to continue its "very important legacy" in Southern California and help make music accessible to local youths, academy president Michael Greene said.

The academy's largest chapter is in Los Angeles, and the major record labels all have headquarters there.

"Unfortunately, Radio City Music Hall was not available on the dates the Grammys required in 1995," New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani said. "We have already set our sights on 1996."