James Corden to Host the 2017 Grammys

He replaces longtime emcee LL Cool J

By Zach Johnson Nov 22, 2016 2:40 PMTags
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Is it any surprise that James Corden has been tapped to host the 2017 Grammys?

After turning The Late Late Show's "Carpool Karaoke" segment into a viral sensation (thanks in part to its rotating roster of A-list talent), Corden was the perfect choice. "I am truly honored to be hosting The Grammys next year," he said in a statement. "It's the biggest, most prestigious award show in music, and I feel incredibly lucky to be part of such an incredible night."

And who has more experience than Corden? In addition to hosting his late night show, which debuted in 2015 and won an Emmy in 2016, he hosted the 2016 Tony Awards to rave reviews.

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"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 told E! News in a statement. "He's got big shoes to fill after the magnificent run we had with LL Cool J," Portnow added, "but James Corden is a commanding, dynamic showman who, we believe, is perfect to host the Grammy Awards."

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"James Corden's remarkable range of talents makes him a star on any screen and every stage," Jack Sussman, CBS' Executive Vice President, Specials, Music and Live Events, added. "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."

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Sussman also thanked LL Cool J for his years of service, saying, "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."

Ken Ehrlich, the Grammy Awards' executive producer, was equally effusive in his praise for The Late Late Show host. "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," Ehrlich said. "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 Annual Grammy Awards will air live Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, on CBS.