Grammys set a date

51st annual awards ceremony will be Feb. 8 in L.A.

The 51st annual Grammy Awards will be held Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009, at Staples Center in Los Angeles and will be broadcast live to the East Coast by CBS.

"The next 50 are here, and we are delighted to be in our hometown," Recording Academy president and CEO Neil Portnow said.

The show is expected to run from 8 p.m.-11:30 p.m., according to the network, and will be showed on a delay to the West Coast.

Nominations will be announced Dec. 4.

Ratings for the Grammys have slipped in recent years; the awards show averaged 18.2 million this year, compared with 20 million in 2007.