Popular talk show host, James Corden has been announced as the host of the 59th Annual Grammy Awards taking place next year.
The 38-year-old star of “The Late Late Show with James Corden” on CBS will take over Grammy hosting duties from hip-hop artist ‘LL Cool J’, who departs after hosting the prestigious awards for five straight years.
“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,” Recording Academy President and CEO Neil Portnow said.
“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.” He added.
James Corden’s “Carpool Karaoke” segment on his show has featured some of music’s biggest stars, including Adele, Stevie Wonder, Lady Gaga, Sir Elton John, Justin Bieber and even the First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama.
James Corden with Michelle Obama and Missy Elliot during an episode of Carpool Karaoke
The segment features Corden side by side with the celebrities, singing hit songs while driving. It has been a record-breaking segment on YouTube, garnering nearly 2 billion views and boosting the talk show’s YouTube channel to more than 8 million subscribers.
James Corden and Adele during Carpool Karaoke
“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.” Corden said.
Grammys executive producer Ken Ehrlich added “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. 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.”
The 59th edition of the Grammy Awards is set for February 12 2017 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.