On Tuesday, November 22, the recording academy announced that James Corden will host the 2017 Grammy Awards, which will air live on CBS on Sunday, February 12. It will be Corden’s first time hosting the event following five years of rapper and actor LL Cool J as emcee.
So is Corden chasing Neil Patrick Harris‘s title as America’s favorite awards show host? Harris made a name for himself on the awards scene by hosting the Tonys in 2009. Just a few months later he presided over the Primetime Emmys. After that he hosted the Tonys three more times (2011-2013) and the Emmys once more (2013), and most recently he scored the awards host holy grail: the Oscars in February 2015.
Corden was a hit when he hosted the Tonys for the first time this past June, but by then he already had plenty of experience at awards shows. Across the pond he presented the Brit Awards (the UK’s equivalent to the Grammys) five times: 2009 with Mathew Horne and Kylie Minogue, and from 2011 to 2014 on his own.
Hopefully Corden’s Grammy gig will go more smoothly than the 2012 Brits: he had to cut off Adele‘s acceptance speech after she won Album of the Year for her mega-hit “21,” and she literally gave the ceremony the middle finger. But all was forgiven a few years later when Adele appeared in Corden’s Emmy-winning “Carpool Karaoke” in January 2016.
Said recording academy president and CEO Neil Portnow 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 Feb. 12. He’s got big shoes to fill after the magnificent run we had with LL Cool J, but James is a commanding, dynamic showman who is perfect to host the Grammy Awards.”
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