The southwest corner of downtown LA is dominated by the Staples Center arena and retail behemoth LA Live, a $2.5-billion shopping and entertainment complex that features cinemas, sports facilities and broadcast studios, upper-end hotels, a central plaza, a bowling alley and numerous arcades, restaurants and clubs. It also contains the absorbing Grammy Museum, not just devoted to the Grammy Awards (America’s most prestigious music awards), but recorded music in general, with interactive displays over four floors including the Songwriters Hall of Fame, stage outfits and exhibits on Ray Charles and Sam Cooke, personal artefacts from Elvis Presley, Miles Davis and Neil Diamond, and a real recording studio.

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