Microsoft Theater

Coordinates: 34°02′40″N 118°16′00″W / 34.04444°N 118.26667°W

Microsoft Theater
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Exterior of venue (c. 2008)
Microsoft Theater is located in the Los Angeles metropolitan area
Microsoft Theater
Microsoft Theater
Location within the Los Angeles metropolitan area
Microsoft Theater is located in California
Microsoft Theater
Microsoft Theater
Microsoft Theater (California)
Microsoft Theater is located in the United States
Microsoft Theater
Microsoft Theater
Microsoft Theater (the United States)
Former namesNokia Theatre L.A. Live (2007–15)
Address777 Chick Hearn Ct
Los Angeles, California
LocationL.A. Live, South Park, Downtown Los Angeles
Public transitLAMetroLogo.svg  Expo Line   Blue Line  at Pico
OwnerAnschutz Entertainment Group
OperatorAEG Live
TypeTheatre
Capacity7,100
Construction
Broke groundSeptember 15, 2005
OpenedOctober 17, 2007
Renovated2015
Construction cost$120 million
($154 million in 2018 dollars[1])
ArchitectELS Architecture
Structural engineerJohn A. Martin & Associates
General contractorClark Construction
Tenants
Los Angeles Valiant (OWL) (2020–future)
Website
Venue Website

The Microsoft Theater (formerly Nokia Theatre L.A. Live) is a music and theater venue in downtown Los Angeles, California, at L.A. Live. The theater auditorium seats 7,100[2] and holds one of the largest indoor stages in the United States.[3]

History

The theatre was designed by ELS Architecture and Urban Design of Berkeley, California on a commission by the Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) in 2002.[3] It opened on October 18, 2007 with six concerts featuring The Eagles and The Dixie Chicks.[2] On June 7, 2015, the venue was re-branded as Microsoft Theater as part of a new naming rights deal with AEG Live.[4] Microsoft had acquired Nokia's mobile device business in 2014.[5] As part of the new naming rights deal, the L.A. Live plaza was also renamed Microsoft Square (now Xbox Plaza), and Microsoft provided upgrades to the venue's technology.[6][7]

Awards shows

Nokia Theatre Los Angeles interior
Microsoft Theater as viewed from the stage

The Microsoft Theater hosts multiple annual awards shows. Since its opening in 2007, the Microsoft Theater has become the venue of multiple entertainment industry awards shows, most notably the Primetime Emmy Awards.

Primetime Emmy Awards

Since 2008, the Microsoft Theater has been the venue of the annual Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony after that show moved here from the Shrine Auditorium. The Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards, which take place a week before the Primetime Emmy Awards, are also held at the Microsoft Theater. Following the Emmy Awards telecast, the Governors Ball is held across the street at the Los Angeles Convention Center.[8]

Grammy Awards

In 2008 and 2011, the venue hosted The Grammy Nominations Live, a concert announcing the nominees for the Grammy Awards. The Grammy Awards take place annually across the street at the Staples Center, but the pre-telecast ceremony, where 70 Grammys are awarded prior to the evening show which is televised, is held at the Microsoft Theater.[9]

American Music Awards

Since 2007, the annual American Music Awards have been held here after moving from the Shrine Auditorium.

ESPY Awards

Since 2008 the ESPY Awards, honoring outstanding athletic achievement, have been held at this venue.

Other

The venue has also hosted the annual People's Choice Awards from 2010 to 2017, the annual BET Awards since 2013 and The Game Awards since 2015.[10] It has also hosted the MTV Video Music Awards in 2010, 2011, and 2015, as well as the Radio Disney Music Awards.[11]

Sports

The Microsoft Theater has also served as a sports venue. It has hosted boxing matches and will also serve as a venue during the 2028 Olympics.

Boxing

The venue has hosted professional boxing matches for circuits such as Golden Boy Promotions and Premier Boxing Champions.[12]

2028 Summer Olympics

The Microsoft Theater will host weightlifting at the 2028 Summer Olympics.[13]

Overwatch League

On January 9, 2018, it was announced by Los Angeles Valiant CEO Noah Whinston that the Microsoft Theater would be the team's home arena starting in 2020.[14]

Other events

The theater has also been used by Microsoft and Nintendo multiple times for press conferences during E3. It was also the venue for the finale of American Idol from seasons 7–13.

Vocaloid character Hatsune Miku made her U.S. debut at the Microsoft Theater on July 2, 2011, as part of Anime Expo.[15] She returned to the venue on October 11–12, 2014 as part of Miku Expo LA 2014.[16] Both concerts were sold out. Hatsune Miku returned for another performance on May 6, 2016, as part of her first North American tour.[17] She once again returned to the Microsoft Theater as part of her second tour of North America on June 29th, 2018. [18] The 28th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions were held at the Microsoft Theater on April 18, 2013.[19]

References

  1. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Community Development Project. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved January 2, 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Nokia Theatre L.A. Live-About". Anschutz Entertainment Group. Archived from the original on July 23, 2008. Retrieved July 8, 2008.
  3. ^ a b Sokol, David (May 19, 2008). "Nokia Theatre". Architectural Record. Retrieved September 17, 2017.
  4. ^ Brown, August (June 9, 2015). "L.A. Live's Nokia Theatre changes name to Microsoft Theater". Los Angeles Times.
  5. ^ Trenholm, Rich (April 25, 2014). "Microsoft closes Nokia deal, pays more than expected". CNET. Retrieved April 25, 2014.
  6. ^ Barnes, Mike. "Microsoft Takes Naming Rights to L.A.'s Nokia Theatre (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved September 17, 2017.
  7. ^ Fogel, Stefanie (April 16, 2019). "Xbox Will Hold Its E3 2019 Briefing on Jun. 9". Variety. Retrieved May 3, 2019.
  8. ^ "Emmys Will Move To New Venue". USA Today. Associated Press. March 11, 2008. Retrieved July 13, 2008.
  9. ^ "GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony Performers, Presenters Announced". The GRAMMYs. February 16, 2015. Archived from the original on February 15, 2016. Retrieved February 15, 2016.
  10. ^ Kennedy, Gerrick D. (June 30, 2012). "BET Awards stage one more in the Shrine before going to L.A. Live". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 13, 2012.
  11. ^ "Radio Disney Music Awards 2014: Full List Of Winners". Forbes. August 23, 2006. Retrieved December 29, 2011.
  12. ^ "Staples Center: 10 years of boxing and counting". ringtv.com. Retrieved January 28, 2018.
  13. ^ Slayton, Nicholas (August 30, 2017). "Downtown Will Have a Huge Role in the 2028 Olympics". Los Angeles Downtown News. Retrieved September 17, 2017.
  14. ^ "Los Angeles Valiant's future home arena announced". usatoday.com. Retrieved July 14, 2018.
  15. ^ "Japan's Virtual Pop Star Hatsune Miku To Make U.S. Concert Debut At Anime Expo 2011" (Press release). Anime Expo 2011. Archived from the original on May 19, 2011. Retrieved September 17, 2017.
  16. ^ "Hatsune Miku Expo Los Angeles". Crypton Future Media.
  17. ^ "Hatsune Miku Expo 2016 North America". Crypton Future Media.
  18. ^ "Hatsune Miku Expo 2018 North America & Mexico". Crypton Future Media.
  19. ^ "Rock and Rock Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony 2013". CBS News. April 19, 2013.

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In 2017, the National Hockey League commemorated its 100th anniversary with a list of the 100 Greatest NHL Players. The list was created by 58 people, including media members, NHL alumni and NHL executives.The first 33, representing players who played prior to 1966, were unveiled during a pre-game ceremony at the NHL Centennial Classic outdoor game on January 1, 2017. The remaining players were announced on January 27, 2017, at a special NHL 100 Gala ceremony held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, two days before the 2017 NHL All-Star Game.

2015 Radio Disney Music Awards

The 2015 Radio Disney Music Awards were held and filmed on April 25, 2015, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California. The show premiered on Sunday, April 26, 2015 at 8/7c on Radio Disney and Disney Channel. For the first time, the broadcast nominees for the awards show were announced in a televised special, Disney Channel Presents the 2015 RDMA Nomination Special, on 27 February 2015 on Disney Channel. All categories and nominees were highlighted on the Radio Disney’s 2015 RDMA Nomination Special, a two-hour on-air programming feature that was aired the next day.The main show included Fifth Harmony, Nick Jonas, Becky G, R5, Natalie La Rose, Sheppard, Rachel Platten, Tori Kelly, Shawn Mendes and Sabrina Carpenter. The opening act was performed by The Fooo Conspiracy, Jessica Sanchez, Jacquie Lee, Sweet Suspense and Alex Angelo

2016 Radio Disney Music Awards

The 2016 Radio Disney Music Awards were held and filmed on April 30, 2016, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California. The ceremony premiered on Sunday, May 1, 2016 at 7/6c on Radio Disney and Disney Channel. Scooter Braun was announced as creative executive-producer this year. This year's show also introduced new categories including Country Music Awards in honor of the newly opened, Radio Disney Country.

2017 Radio Disney Music Awards

The 2017 Radio Disney Music Awards was held on April 29, 2017, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California. The ceremony was shown on Radio Disney and Disney Channel the following night on April 30, 2017 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. (EDT).

2019 iHeartRadio Music Awards

The 2019 iHeartRadio Music Awards was held at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on March 14, 2019, and was broadcast live on Fox. Cardi B lead the list of nominees with 14 nominations. T-Pain, who won The Masked Singer, hosted the show.

42nd People's Choice Awards

The 42nd People's Choice Awards, honoring the best in popular culture for 2015, were held January 6, 2016, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California, and were broadcast live on CBS. The ceremony was hosted by Jane Lynch. Nominations were announced on November 3, 2015.

43rd People's Choice Awards

The 43rd People's Choice Awards, honoring the best in popular culture for 2016, were held on January 18, 2017, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California, and were broadcast live on CBS. The ceremony was hosted by Joel McHale.

On November 15, 2016, the nominees were announced. The movie Captain America: Civil War received the most nominations of the year with seven. The TV series Grey’s Anatomy and actor Kevin Hart each received five nominations and singer, Britney Spears and Zootopia received four nominations. The biggest winner of the evening was Spears, who won a total of four awards, and Ellen DeGeneres, who won three and became the most awarded person in the show's history.

They were the final People's Choice Awards to be broadcast by CBS and held in January, as the 44th ceremony will move to E! and be held November 11, 2018.

68th Primetime Emmy Awards

The 68th Primetime Emmy Awards honored the best in U.S. prime time television programming from June 1, 2015 until May 31, 2016, as chosen by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. The ceremony was held on Sunday, September 18, 2016 at the Microsoft Theater in Downtown Los Angeles, California, and was broadcast in the U.S. by ABC. The ceremony was hosted by Jimmy Kimmel. It was preceded by the 68th Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards, which took place over two nights, September 10 and 11, at the Microsoft Theater.The nominations were announced by Anthony Anderson and Lauren Graham on July 14, 2016. The crime anthology limited series The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story was the most nominated program at the ceremony with 13, and 22 overall, although Game of Thrones received the most overall nominations that year with 23 as the most nominated drama series.With five awards, The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story won the most awards of the night, while the fantasy drama series Game of Thrones won three, including Outstanding Drama Series and surpassed Frasier (37) as the fictional television program with the most Primetime Emmy Awards with 38 wins in six seasons. Game of Thrones' win was the second time a sixth season won for Outstanding Drama Series after The Sopranos' win in 2007.

Additionally, the political satire series Veep won Outstanding Comedy Series for the second time in a row, while its producer and lead star Julia Louis-Dreyfus established a new record of wins for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series; it was her fifth consecutive win for the series and sixth overall in the category.For the first time, none of the nominees for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series were from the four major American broadcasting TV networks. In addition, Ben Mendelsohn became the first actor to win Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for a series from a streaming service network; he won for Bloodline from Netflix.

71st Primetime Emmy Awards

The 71st Primetime Emmy Awards will honor the best in U.S. prime time television programming from June 1, 2018 until May 31, 2019, as chosen by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. The ceremony will be held on September 22, 2019, at the Microsoft Theater in Downtown Los Angeles, California, and will be broadcast in the U.S. by Fox.On April 9, 2019, it was announced that limited series American Horror Story: Apocalypse and the second season of The Sinner would not qualify for the Limited Series categories, and instead be moved to Drama. They did the same for Netflix series, American Vandal, moving it to Comedy.The nominations will be announced July 16.

American Music Awards of 2015

The 43rd Annual American Music Awards was held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California on November 22, 2015. It was broadcast on ABC and hosted by Jennifer Lopez. With three awards, Taylor Swift was the big winner of the night. Jared Leto presented a eulogy mourning the November 2015 Paris attacks prior to presenting Celine Dion for her tributing performance. The show also marked Prince's last public award show appearance before his death in April 2016. The telecast garnered 10.98 million viewers in the United States.

American Music Awards of 2016

The 44th Annual American Music Awards took place on November 20, 2016, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. It was broadcast on ABC and was hosted by Gigi Hadid and Jay Pharoah. The 2016 AMAs fell 31% from 2015 among adults 18-49 and 26% among viewers, to 8.2 million watching the show, which was an all-time low in the show's history.

American Music Awards of 2017

The 45th Annual American Music Awards took place on November 19, 2017, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California. It was broadcast on ABC and was hosted by Tracee Ellis Ross.

American Music Awards of 2018

The 46th Annual American Music Awards (branded as the 2018 American Music Awards presented by YouTube Music for sponsorship reasons) were held on October 9, 2018, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California. It aired live on ABC and was hosted by Tracee Ellis Ross. Cardi B and Drake led the list of nominations with eight mentions each. Taylor Swift and Camila Cabello were the big winners, with four awards each. The late rapper and singer XXXTentacion won Favorite Soul/R&B album nearly four months after his death. His mother, Cleopatra Bernard, accepted the award.

BET Awards 2015

The 15th BET Awards was held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California on June 28, 2015 and was televised on BET. This year marked the ceremony's 15th anniversary and the milestone was celebrated throughout the show, which was hosted by Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross.The nominees were announced on May 18, 2015. Nicki Minaj and Chris Brown lead the nominations with six each. Beyoncé and Lil Wayne followed with four each. Beyoncé was the big winner of the night with 3 awards, including Video of the Year for "7/11". Nicki Minaj and Chris Brown both won 2 each. Smokey Robinson was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award, while Janet Jackson was honored with the inaugural Ultimate Icon: Music Dance Visual Award. Radio host Tom Joyner was also honored, receiving the Humanitarian Award.

BET Awards 2017

The 17th BET Awards was held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California on June 25, 2017. The ceremony celebrated achievements in entertainment and honors music, sports, television, and movies released between April 1, 2016 and March 31, 2017. The nominations were announced on May 15, 2017; Beyoncé led the nominees with 7, followed by Bruno Mars with 5. Beyoncé won the most awards with 5, including Album of the Year and Video of the Year.

BET Awards 2018

The 18th BET Awards were held at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California, on June 24, 2018. The ceremony celebrated achievements in entertainment and honors music, sports, television, and movies released between April 1, 2017 and March 31, 2018.

On May 22, 2018, it was announced that the ceremony would be hosted by Jamie Foxx for the second time.

L.A. Live

L.A. LIVE is an entertainment complex in the South Park District of Downtown Los Angeles, California. It is adjacent to the Staples Center and Los Angeles Convention Center.L.A. LIVE was developed by Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG), Wachovia Corp, Azteca Corp, investment firm MacFarlane Partners, and with tax deferments paid by Los Angeles taxpayers. It cost approximately US$2.5 billion to build. The architectural firm responsible for the master plan and phase two buildings was Baltimore-based RTKL Associates.

Nokia Theater

Nokia Theater or Nokia Theatre may refer to:

Nokia Theatre L.A. Live, a former name of Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California, United States

Nokia Theater (New York), a former name of the PlayStation Theater in Times Square, New York City, United States

Nokia Theatre at Grand Prairie, a former name of the Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie in Grand Prairie, Texas, United States

The Game Awards 2015

The Game Awards 2015 was an award show that honored the best video games of 2015. It was produced and hosted by Geoff Keighley at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on December 3, 2015.

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