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City to carry Grammy Awards for next 3 years

Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z perform onstage at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center, Feb. 10, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. PICTURE GROUP/Frank Micelotta.

City will be carrying the Grammy Awards for the next three years, one of three blockbuster music events coming to the channel.

City will also broadcast the Country Music Association (CMA) awards and The Sound of Music, a live three-hour special starring country music superstar Carrie Underwood as Maria.

They’re all part of the City primetime schedule for 2013-2014, unveiled Tuesday morning.

“Staying true to our younger, urban-oriented audience, we continue to build City’s world-class programming slate with the best new shows, returning proven hits, and exciting event programming,” said Rogers Media executive vice-president of programming and operations Malcolm Dunlop in a statement.

“This year’s schedule is the strongest in network history.”

Alongside the Grammys and the CMAs , City will also air the Grammy Nominations Concert Live! and the CMA Country Christmas special.

Modern Family, which has won multiple Emmy and Golden Globe awards, will now air Monday to Friday at 7 p.m.

Other comedy favourites The Mindy Project and Parks and Recreation will return and they’ll be joined by new shows Super Fun Night and Back in the Game, as well as City original Package Deal.

Seed, another City original, will also return for a second season.

In drama, Revolution and Scandal are coming back, and they’ll be joined by country music soap opera Nashville.

“Our focus last year was to continue the growth of the City network and expand its footprint to reach more viewers in more homes than ever before.  The result has been tremendous, with the network growing 7 per cent this year to reach 9.6 million homes, as we deliver our world-class content on a national stage,” said Rogers Media broadcast president Scott Moore said.

Reality shows The Million Second Quiz – two weeks of live competition that will air from Sept. 9-19 – and Storage Wars Canada will provide real-life drama.

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