James Corden has been announced as the host of the 2017 Grammy Awards.
The ‘Late Late Show’ star is to take control of proceedings at America’s biggest music prize-giving ceremony for the first time.
Corden – whose ‘Carpool Karaoke’ segment on his talk show has attracted music superstar guests such as Adele, Stevie Wonder and Jennifer Lopez – is taking over the job from LL Cool J, who has hosted for the past five years.
In a statement announcing the news, The Recording Academy President and CEO Neil Portnow said: “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. 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 is thrilled to have been offered the job and cannot wait for next February to roll around.
He said: “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.”
Luckily, Corden has experience of hosting massive music awards shows as he has hosted the BRIT Awards in the UK on three occasions.
For his first attempt in 2009 he co-presented The BRITs with his former comedy partner Mathew Horne and pop babe Kylie Minogue with their effort drawing lukewarm reviews, however, his stints in 2011 and 2012 were far better received.
Back in June, Corden helmed the 2016 Tony Awards.