First he came for the Tony Awards, but he’s not done yet. According to Variety, James Corden will host the 59th Annual Grammy Awards. Corden takes over the hosting gig from LL Cool J, who has hosted the show for the last five years.
Corden’s beloved “Carpool Karaoke” bit has put him in contact with many of the biggest recording artists working today, including Adele, Sia, Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber. “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 earned stellar reviews for his performance as the host of the Tony Awards this past year, although it’s unclear whether he’ll perform a musical number as he did during that show. “I am truly honored to be hosting The Grammys next year,” said Corden. “It’s the biggest, most prestigious award show in music and I feel incredibly lucky to be part of such an incredible night.”
Corden will likely bring a somewhat different vibe to the host proceedings than his predecessor, who mostly stayed out of the way and allowed the performances to speak for themselves. The Grammys will be broadcast live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Feb. 12 at 8 p.m. EST.