CBS announced that fifteen-time Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, and producer Alicia Keys will return to host the Grammy Awards this year. This marks the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards, and the event will air live on January 26th on CBS and CBS All Access. Keys made the announcement on social media this morning, just one week before the nominees are revealed. Fans can catch that announcement on November 20th, when the main categories will be announced live on CBS This Morning.
Keys hosted for the first time in last year. The opening monologue featured special guest appearances from former first lady Michelle Obama, Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, and Jada Pinkett Smith. Keys played two pianos simultaneously in a tribute to black pianist Hazel Scott during the event, which was one of the highlights on social media.
“At first, I did think last year was a one-time thing, but when the opportunity came back around, there was no question about returning as host of the Grammy Awards,” said Keys. “Last year was such a powerful experience for me. Not only did I feel the love in the room, but I felt it from around the world, and it confirmed the healing and unifying power of music.”
“Alicia Keys is the ultimate musically credible MC and talent who brings everything you’d want to hosting big event television,” said Jack Sussman, EVP, Specials, Music and Live Events, CBS Entertainment. “Alicia 2019 raised the bar to the next level, and I have no doubt Alicia 2020 will take Music’s Biggest Night to all new heights.”
“From Best New Artist recipient to Grammy Award host, Alicia Keys has been a beacon of artistry within the music community for more than two decades,” said Recording Academy President/CEO Deborah Dugan. “Last year was a testament to her compelling creativity, and we are thrilled that she will return to the Grammy stage as our host. Anything can happen. You don’t want to miss it!”
“From the opening of last year’s Grammys, it was clear Alicia was the perfect host,” said longtime Grammys executive producer Ken Ehrlich. “While her commitment to the show and musical genius are undeniable, her remarkable ability to guide our live audience and millions more at home was striking. Having worked with her on all of her GRAMMY appearances, there’s a magic between Alicia and the show, and we are certain this year will make that even more apparent.”
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