It was announced on Wednesday, May 17, that James Corden will return as the host of the 2018 Grammy Awards, which will air live on CBS next January 28 from New York City. Corden hosted for the first time earlier this year when Adele‘s “25” surprised awards-watchers by winning Album of the Year against Beyonce‘s highly touted “Lemonade.”
Corden is an old hand at presenting entertainment awards. Before the 2017 Grammys he was praised for hosting the 2016 Tonys, also on CBS. And back in his native England he hosted the British equivalent of the Grammys, the Brit Awards, five times (2009, 2011-2014). Then in 2015 he came stateside to take over as host of “The Late Late Show” after Craig Ferguson ended his nine year run on the late-night series.
Once Corden took the reins he quickly put his own stamp on the program, tapping into his theatrical background with musical comedy bits, and he has become a viral-video favorite thanks to his recurring “Carpool Karaoke” segments, in which he belts out tunes with A-list recording artists while driving around town. To date “Carpool” has featured guests including Mariah Carey, Stevie Wonder, Adele, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Lady Gaga and Madonna, among others. That connection to music stars makes him a good fit for music’s biggest night.
Corden hasn’t himself won a Grammy (yet), but he is already halfway to EGOT. He won a Tony Award for his leading role in the comedic play “One Man, Two Guvnors” (2012). And in 2016 he won a pair of Emmys: Best Interactive Program for “Late Late Show” and Best Variety Special for his “Carpool Karaoke” primetime special. Among the competitors he beat for that latter award — yes, Beyonce’s “Lemonade.” Bey may be a leading cultural phenomenon, but she keeps being bested by the Brits.
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