James Corden Replacing LL Cool J As Grammys Host
LL Cool J has hosted the annual Grammy Awards every year since 2012. That ceremony, he had the difficult task of emceeing the ceremony just one night after Whitney Houston’s sudden, shocking death. But he successfully managed emotions, and went on to bring levity, coolness and music knowledge to the show in subsequent years.
Now, however, Corden will be at the helm of the upcoming 59th ceremony, which is slated to take place on February 12. Neil Portnow, president and CEO of the Recording Academy, says in a statement, “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.”
Says Jack Sussman, an exec with Grammys broadcaster CBS, “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.”
And Ken Ehrlich, who produces the awards show, notes, “For the past five years, we’ve been fortunate to have had LL Cool J host our show, and I trust that James will bring the same professionalism and charisma to Music’s Biggest Night.” The rapper-actor himself has not yet commented on losing the gig.
Corden, of course, has become close with a number of music stars through his popular “Carpool Karaoke” segments on the “Late Late Show.” A Tony-winner, he hosted the 2016 Tonys this past June. Gossip Cop will have full coverage of his Grammys stint next February. Corden and LL Cool J are pictured above on stage together at this year’s Grammys.