James Corden To Host Grammy Awards

Denise Petski
Deadline

Late Late Show host James Corden will host the 59th Grammy Awards.

This will be Corden’s first time hosting the music trophy show, which will be broadcast live from Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 12 at 8 PM on CBS. He’ll take the reins from hip-hop artist and NCIS: Los Angeles star LL Cool J, who is exiting after a five-year hosting stint.

“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 Feb. 12,” said Recording Academy president/CEO Neil Portnow. “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.

Corden earned critical praise as host of the Tony Awards in June. Since taking over The Late Late Show in March 2015, the show has won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Interactive Program and become known for Corden’s groundbreaking videos and sketches, including his signature Carpool Karaoke segment, which has featured music superstars Adele, Stevie Wonder, Lady Gaga, Sir Elton John and Justin Bieber, among others. The segement has set YouTube records, with nearly 2 billion views and more than 8 million subscribers for the show’s YouTube channel. The Late Late Show Carpool Karaoke Primetime Special won an Emmy for Outstanding Variety Special.

“James Corden is a captivating host, and I have no doubt that his musical background, personal charm and comedic instincts will resonate with our audience,” said executive producer of the Grammy Awards Ken Ehrlich. “For the past five years, we’ve been fortunate to have had LL Cool J host our show, and I trust that James will bring the same professionalism and charisma to Music’s Biggest Night.”

“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,” said Corden.

The 59th Annual Grammy Awards
show is produced by AEG Ehrlich Ventures for The Recording Academy. Ken Ehrlich is the executive producer, Louis J. Horvitz is the director, Ben Winston is a producer, and David Wild and Ehrlich are the writers.

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