James Corden is moving up the awards show totem pole. He hosted the Tonys earlier this year, and now he's been tapped to host the 59th Annual Grammy Awards on Feb. 12.
Corden is an excellent choice for the Grammys, as his specialty on The Late Late Show is music-based bits, most notably the hugely popular "Carpool Karaoke" segment. Just last night, he did a mega-medley comedy sketch with Anna Kendrick and Billy Eichner where they sang 14 songs in six minutes on 10 sets in one take. He will bring that kind of energy and expertise to the Grammy stage.
"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," Recording Academy president/CEO Neil Portnow said in a statement. "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 will take over for rapper/actor LL Cool J, who hosted for five consecutive years.
It's possible that Corden will host three awards shows in two years, since CBS has the Emmys in 2017 and Emmys hosts tend to be one of the host network's late-night hosts.
Grammy nominations will be announced Dec. 6. The Grammy Awards will be broadcast live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017 from 8:00-11:30 PM ET/5:00- 8:30 PM PT on CBS.
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