The Grammy Awards have found a brand-new host in “Late Late Show” star James Corden.
Corden will take over for “NCIS: Los Angeles” star LL Cool J -- who served as host for five consecutive years -- and assume hosting duties of the 59th annual Grammy Awards on February 12, 2017, the Recording Academy and CBS announced Tuesday.
Corden, who hosted the Tony Awards earlier this year, has been ingratiating himself to the music industry steadily with his “Carpool Karaoke” series, which has seen him paired up with the likes of Lady Gaga, Madonna, Adele, Stevie Wonder and Britney Spears.
“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,” 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.”
Corden echoed the excitement, saying in a statement, “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.”