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Today, Variety released an exclusive about the decision for James Corden to host the 59th Annual Grammy Awards.
James Corden has been a fixture for the late-night scene by hosting The Late Late Show since 2015. The actor/host has quite the musical background, as he previously starred in Into the Woods and even hosted the Tony Awards in June. He also regularly performs his mega-popular segment “Carpool Karaoke” on The Late Late Show, where Corden takes popular musicians into the coziness of his car to sing and goof around.
Recording Academy President and CEO Neil Portnow credits these segments for their decision for Corden to host:
“Thanks to ‘Carpool Karaoke,’ we’ve all been on some incredible rides with James, and The Recording Academy couldn’t be more excited to welcome his passion and enthusiasm for music, both as an entertainer and a fan, to the Grammy stage on February 12. He’s got big shoes to fill after the magnificent run we had with LL Cool J, but James Corden is a commanding, dynamic showman who, we believe, is perfect to host the Grammy Awards.”
LL Cool J had formerly had a five-year run with the Grammys, but he chose to depart from the award show as of this year. Feelings between the show and LL Cool J are thankfully unaffected, as executive vice president of specials, music and live events Jack Sussman said, “We look forward to bringing James’ exceptional showmanship, infectious energy and his undeniable kinship with music to the Grammy stage. At the same time, everyone involved with the Grammys tips their hats with gratitude and respect to LL Cool J for an outstanding five years as host. LL was a dynamic host who guided our broadcast to great success with charisma, gravitas and poignancy when the moment called for it. His contributions — both on-air and behind-the-scenes as our valued collaborator — will be long remembered and always appreciated.”
Corden himself has also confirmed the match and expressed his enthusiasm for the future, saying, “I am truly honored to be hosting The Grammys next year. It’s the biggest, most prestigious award show in music and I feel incredibly lucky to be part of such an incredible night.”
The Grammys will be broadcast from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 12.