‘Girl on fire’ Alicia Keys is set to host the Grammy Awards next month.
The 37-year-old singer born Alicia Augello Cook aka Alicia Keys will host the prestigious music award ceremony in Los Angeles on February 10, as she announced the news in a video posted to her YouTube channel on Tuesday (15.01.19), which was titled “I’m Hosting the 2019 Grammys (Alicia Keys)”.
The nine-minute video features a clip of her receiving the phone call from her manager who delivered the exciting news, as well as clips of her spilling the details to her family – including her mother, her husband Swizz Beatz, and their children, eight-year-old Egypt and four-year-old Genesis – and staff members.
Alicia then spends the rest of the video trying on outfits, and taking part in a photo shoot for promotional material alongside the 15 golden gongs she already owns herself. In the description of the video, the ‘Fallin’ singer wrote: “I’m soooo EXCITED to announce that I’ll be hosting the 61st Annual Grammy Awards !!
The Grammy’s official social accounts confirmed the news of the “No One” singer hosting the Awards for the very first time.
Grammy Awards Executive Producer Ken Ehrlich heaped praise on Alicia in a statement, saying he hopes she will “guide” Grammy viewers through the “very special” show in February. He said: “Alicia is one of those rare artists who meld true musical genius with heartfelt emotional lyrics to create a unique approach to everything she does. We have no doubt that she’ll bring all of that as she guides millions of Grammy viewers through what we believe will be a very special show in February.”
Kendrick Lamar is nominated for the most gongs this year with eight nods to his name, with Drake close behind with seven, and Boi-1da and Brandi Carlile receiving six nominations each. Cardi B, Lady Gaga, Childish Gambino, Maren Morris, R&B newcomer H.E.R., and producer Soundwave all have five nominations.