It has just been announced that “The Late Late Show’s” James Corden will be hosting the 2017 Grammy Awards!
Corden said in a statement to Variety, “I am truly honored to be hosting The Grammys next year. 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 huge determining factor in his new hosting gig. Recording Academy President & CEO Neil Portnow shared, "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.”
The announcement came just months after Corden earned raved reviews for hosting the Tonys.
To catch the Grammys, tune in to CBS February 12.