James Corden to Host 59th Grammy Awards

LL Cool J has had the honor for last five years

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James Corden is set to host the 59th annual Grammy Awards, replacing LL Cool J in the gig.

Music’s biggest night will take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and air live on CBS Sunday, Feb. 12, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

“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,” said Recording Academy President and CEO Neil Portnow. “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.”

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

James Corden‘s remarkable range of talents make him a star on any screen and every stage,” added Jack Sussman, executive vice president, specials, music and live events, CBS Entertainment. “We see it every night on CBS, every day on YouTube and audiences are still talking about his acclaimed performance hosting the Tony’s last June. We look forward to bringing James’ exceptional showmanship, infectious energy and his undeniable kinship with music to the Grammy stage. At the same time,” continued Sussman, “everyone involved with the Grammys tips their hats with gratitude and respect to LL Cool J for an outstanding five years as host. LL was a dynamic host who guided our broadcast to great success with charisma, gravitas and poignancy when the moment called for it. His contributions — both on-air and behind-the-scenes as our valued collaborator — will be long remembered and always appreciated.”

James Corden is a captivating host, and I have no doubt that his musical background, personal charm, and comedic instincts will resonate with our audience,” said executive producer of the Grammy Awards Ken Ehrlich. “For the past five years, we’ve been fortunate to have had LL Cool J host our show, and I trust that James will bring the same professionalism and charisma to Music’s biggest night.”

Corden took over as host of CBS’ “The Late Late Show” in March of last year, revitalizing the program. Since then, the show has won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Interactive Program and hit a 21-year TV ratings high.

Personally, the Brit has also won a Tony Award and a BAFTA Award. He’s hosted the Tonys before, as well as England’s Brit Awards and the Television Critics Association Awards.

The 59th annual Grammy Awards are produced by AEG Ehrlich Ventures for The Recording Academy. Ken Ehrlich is executive producer, Louis J. Horvitz is director, Ben Winston is a producer, and David Wild and Ehrlich are the writers.