High-flying UK star James Corden has been asked to host the 2017 Grammy Awards replacing rapper LL Cool J, who has presented the show since 2011. Corden, 38, who lives in America, successfully hosted the prestigious Brit Awards for three years.
He’s now well-known in the states having hosted The Late Late Show last year to rave reviews. He was also well received as the host of the Tony Awards earlier in 2016, recognising achievement on Broadway.
His Carpool Karaoke series, featured stars like Adele, Elton John and Lady Gaga, with TV viewers also enjoying his role in Gavin and Stacey. He told the media: “It’s the biggest, most prestigious award show in music and I feel incredibly lucky to be part of such an incredible night.”
He’ll come face to face again with singing sensation Adele, expected to receive multiple nominations for next year’s Grammys. Four years ago he was forced to interrupt the star mid-speech as she accepted her award for best British album because the show was running over-time. The singer, was visibly angry at being cut off, walked off stage holding up her middle finger to the camera.
Corden later admitted he was “furious” at being “put in a horrible position” and had apologised to Adele in her dressing room immediately after the show.
“Thanks to Carpool Karaoke, we’ve all been on some incredible rides with James,” said Neil Portnow, chief executive of the Recording Academy, which arranges the Grammys.
“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.”
Singer Meghan Trainor is set to announce the nominees for the four main categories – record of the year, song of the year, album of the year and best new artist – live on US breakfast show This Morning on 6 December.