It’s official: Alicia Keys will be returning as host of next year’s Grammy Awards, marking her second consecutive year hosting the music business’s biggest awards gala.
After making her debut on the Grammys stage earlier this year, the 38-year-old singer — who already has 15 Grammys to her name — clearly impressed the Recording Academy enough to score an invite for a return engagement.
On Thursday, Keys shared a fun video on her YouTube channel announcing the news, in which she is confronted by her inner-self, who convinces her to take the gig.
“At first, I did think last year was a one-time thing, but when the opportunity came back around, there was no question about returning as host,” Keys said in a statement to “Good Morning America”. “Last year was such a powerful experience for me. Not only did I feel the love in the room, but I felt it from around the world and it confirmed the healing and unifying power of music.”
“From Best New Artist recipient to Grammy Award host, Alicia Keys has been a beacon of artistry within the music community for more than two decades,” Recording Academy president/CEO Deborah Dugan declared in a statement. “Last year was a testament to her compelling creativity and we are thrilled that she will return to the Grammy stage as our host.”
The 62nd annual Grammy Awards are set to take place on Jan. 26, broadcast live from L.A.’s Staples Center, with the 2020 nominees to be announced on Nov. 20.