Prepare to carpool to the Staples Center in February, because James Corden is set to host the 59th Annual Grammy Awards.
This will be the first time in five years LL Cool J will not be hosting, so we fully expect him to be sipping on a margarita somewhere debating the irrelevancy of award shows like the rest of America.
After making a strong impression at the Tony Awards this year, Corden is the perfect choice to host the music industry’s biggest night. He’s belted alongside at least half of the artists who will be in the room, rap battled circles around celebrities and kind of got Britney Spears to sing live, making him more than qualified to be the master of ceremonies.
“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,” Recording Academy president and CEO Neil Portnow said in a statement. “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.”
“I am truly honored to be hosting The Grammys next year,” Corden added. “It’s the biggest, most prestigious award show in music and I feel incredibly lucky to be part of such an incredible night.”
This makes it official, right? Corden is the new Neil Patrick Harris and will be hosting every award show in the near future until NPH is up for an Oscar — at which time he will not only host, but give himself his own award.
The 59th Annual Grammy Awards airs live Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017 on CBS.