“The Late Late Show’s” James Corden will be hosting the 2017 Grammy Awards!
“I am truly honored to be hosting the GRAMMYs next year,” said the Tony and BAFTA winner via 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.”
It looks like Corden’s “Carpool Karaoke” was a big factor in his being chosen. Recording Academy President & 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.”
Though James is taking over for LL, CBS made sure to acknowledge the “NCIS: Los Angeles” actor and rapper for his work at the star-studded show. Jack Sussman, Executive Vice President, Specials, Music, and Live Events, CBS Entertainment, said, “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.”
Of course, the funny and talented Englishman is no stranger to hosting big star-studded nights. Earlier this year, Corden hosted the 70th Annual Tony Awards—which resulted in the show’s largest audience in 15 years. He’s also hosted England’s BRIT Awards a total of four times.
Executives from both the Grammys and CBS chimed in cheering the new host. “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. While Jack Sussman, Executive Vice President, Specials, Music, And Live Events, CBS Entertainment, said, “James Corden’s remarkable range of talents makes him a star on any screen and every stage.”
Corden succeeded Craig Ferguson as the host of CBS’ Late Late Show in September 2014—and he’s become a viral sensation, particularly thanks to his Carpool Karaoke, which features Corden side by side with well-known artists, singing hit songs while driving. Guests have included First Lady Michelle Obama, Lady Gaga, Adele, Red Hot Chili Peppers, JLo, Justin Bieber, Gwen Stefani, Britney Spears and many many more.
“Carpool Karaoke,” has been a record-breaking segment on YouTube, garnering nearly 2 billion views and boosting the show’s YouTube channel to more than 8 million subscribers.
His “Late Late Show” earned an Emmy Award in September for outstanding interactive program.
The Grammys will air from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California on Sunday February 12, 2017 at 8 p.m.