James Corden to replace LL Cool J as Grammys 2017 host

The “Carpool Karaoke” host will takeover master of ceremonies next year.

  /  11.22.2016

At next year’s Grammy ceremony, don’t expect to see your master of ceremonies sporting a bowtie and Kangol.

As _Variety_reports, James Corden will replace LL Cool J at the 59th annual Grammy Awards, thus ending the rapper’s five-year run as host of the annual award show.

“I am truly honored to be hosting the Grammys next year, Corden said in a press release. “It’s the biggest most prestigious award show in music and I feel incredibly lucky to be part of such an incredible night.”

Corden has been trailblazing the music scene as of late, thanks to his hit “Carpool Karaoke,” which was picked up by Apple Music earlier this year as a spinoff.

Recording Academy President and CEO Neil Portnow expressed nothing less than excitement for the news. “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 said.

“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.”

The Grammys are set to be broadcast live from Staples Center in Los Angeles Sunday, Feb. 12, at 8 p.m. ET, 5 p.m. PT.



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