James Corden will host the upcoming 59th Grammy Awards ceremony.
The Late Late Show star, singer, and actor is set to replace hip-hop artist L.L. Cool J, who has hosted the last five Grammys telecasts, for the gig.
“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, in a press release. “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 added: “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.”
“James Corden’s remarkable range of talents makes him a star on any screen and every stage,” said 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 the to Grammy stage.”
Since taking over Late Late Show duties from Craig Ferguson in 2015, Corden has popularized his recurring Carpool Karaoke segment, which, in the past, has featured some of the biggest names in music — including Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, Elton John, Adele, Stevie Wonder, and Justin Bieber — singing along with Corden to their respective hits from the passenger seat of the 38-year-old’s car.
The 2017 Grammy Awards will be broadcast on from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 12 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.