Host of the Late Late Show, James Corden has been selected to host the 59th edition of the Grammy Awards, it has been announced.
It’ll be Corden’s first time hosting the event, rapper and actor LL Cool J, who hosted the annual showpiece 5 years running.
A statement from the president and CEO of the Recording Academy, Neil Portnow read: “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.
“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 took over the Late Late Show in March 2015, and has seen his profile skyrocket ever since. He has won a couple of Emmy awards for the show, set records on YouTube, and even rather successfully, hosted the Tony Awards in June.
He’s particularly known for the Carpool Karaoke segment on the Late Late Show, which has had guests such as Adele, Stevie Wonder, Lady Gaga, Sir Elton John and Justin Bieber.
“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.”
“James Corden’s remarkable range of talents makes him a star on any screen and every stage,” added Jack Sussman, executive vice president, specials, music and live events, CBS Entertainment. “We see it every night on CBS, every day on YouTube and audiences are still talking about his acclaimed performance hosting the Tony’s last June. 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 on his part, has revealed his delight at being named as the host for the event.
“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 Grammy Awards will be broadcast live on the 12th of February, 2017 from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.