James Corden’s hosting duties will soon extend beyond his Late Late Show gig, as he’s set to lead the 2017 Grammy Awards for the very first time.
Corden – whose Carpool Karaoke segment has proven wildly popular and has shown off his social skills among fellow celebrities – will replace LL Cool J after he hosted the ceremony for the past five years.
The Recording Academy President and CEO Neil Portnow revealed in a statement: “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.”
And the star is thrilled about the job and can’t wait for the big date to arrive, 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.”
Corden is quite experienced at hosting big profile events, as he had previously led the BRIT Awards in the United Kingdom three times in the past.
In 2009 he co-presented with former comedy partner Mathew Horne along with Kylie Minogue. Although their combined efforts resulted in mixed critical reviews, his subsequent stings in 2011 and 2012 were far more favorable. In addition, the star hosted the 2016 Tony Awards, only adding to his ever-growing portfolio.
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