The Late Late Show‘s James Corden is set to host the 59th Annual Grammy Awards taking place on February 12, 2017. The 2017 awards show will mark Corden’s first time hosting the Grammys. CBS will air the awards show live from Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles beginning at 8pm ET/5pm PT.
“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 Feb. 12,” stated Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow. “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.”
“I am truly honored to be hosting the Grammys next year,” said Corden. “It’s the biggest, most prestigious award show in music and I feel incredibly lucky to be part of such an incredible night.”
The 59th Annual Grammy Awards will be written by David Wild and Ken Ehrlich, with Ehrlich also executive producing. Louis J. Horvitz is on board to direct.
“James Corden’s remarkable range of talents make 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 to the Grammy stage. At the same time,” continued Sussman, “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.”