James Corden to present 2017 Grammys

James Corden

James Corden will host the 2017 Grammy awards.

The actor and host of The Late Late Show will commandeer the 59th annual music awards, taking over from LL Cool J, who has hosted for the last five years.

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

Corden, who originally gained fame in the UK with the sitcom Gavin and Stacey, has gained strong reviews for his new incarnation as a chatshow host, winning an Emmy earlier this year for outstanding interactive program. His star-studded segment Carpool Karaoke has been a big success, with more than 2bn views on YouTube.

He also has experience with awards shows after hosting the Brit awards five times, as well as the Tonys earlier this year.

“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,” said Neil Portnow, CEO of the Recording Academy. “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 nominations for next year’s Grammys will be announced 6 December.

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