“Late Late Show” host James Corden has been selected as the host of the 2017 Grammy Awards.
Corden will take over hosting duties from LL Cool J, the latter of whom had a five-year-run as host. The decision to move forward with Corden may have something to do with his unbelievable successful video series: “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,” said Recording Academy President and CEO Neil Portnow. “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 also chimed in, expressing his excitement: “I am truly honoured 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.”
The actor, comedian and television host earned stellar reviews after hosting the 2015 Tony Awards and that performance was not lost on Grammy executive producer Ken Ehrlich. “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,” he said.
The Grammys will broadcast live from Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 12, at 8 p.m. ET.