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James Corden 'truly honoured' to host Grammy Awards

Published 22/11/2016

James Corden will host the Grammys
James Corden will host the Grammys

James Corden will be the host of next year's 59th Grammy Awards, it has been announced.

The star of Carpool Karaoke and CBS's The Late Late Show said he felt "truly honoured" to be given the role at next year's Los Angeles ceremony.

Known across the globe as a presenter and an actor, Corden, 38, will be following in the footsteps of American rapper LL Cool J, who has hosted the awards for the last five years.

Corden said: "I am truly honoured to be hosting the Grammy's 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."

Born in London, Corden launched his career in the UK and has now become a hit with American audiences both on screen and on stage.

He won a Tony award for best leading actor in the Broadway show One Man, Two Guvnors, in 2012 before hosting the awards himself on their 70th anniversary earlier this year.

The Recording Academy chief executive 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.

"He's got big shoes to fill after the magnificent run we had with LL Cool J, but James is a commanding, dynamic showman who is perfect to host the Grammy Awards."

Jack Sussman, executive vice president at CBS Entertainment, added: "James Corden's remarkable range of talents make him a star on any screen and every stage.

"We see it every night on CBS, every day on YouTube and audiences are still talking about his aimed performance hosting the Tony's last June.

"We look forward to bringing James' exceptional showmanship, infectious energy and his undeniable kinship with music to the Grammy stage."

The ceremony will take place on February 12 2017, at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles and will be broadcast on CBS.

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