James Corden To Host Music's Biggest Night
James Corden, the Emmy- and Tony Award-winning multifaceted host of CBS' "The Late Late Show With James Corden," will host the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards, marking his first year as master of ceremonies for Music's Biggest Night. Taking place at Staples Center in Los Angeles, the 59th GRAMMY Awards will be broadcast live in HDTV and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network, Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, at 8 p.m.ET/5 p.m. PT.
"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."
Corden is an acclaimed host, performer, writer, and producer with accomplishments that span television, theater, film, and comedy. Since he took the helm of "The Late Late Show With James Corden" in March 2015, the show has won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Interactive Program, achieved its highest ratings since the show's inception in 1995, and become known for groundbreaking videos and sketches, including the viral phenomenon, "Carpool Karaoke." The segment has featured music superstars Adele, Stevie Wonder, Lady Gaga, Elton John, and Justin Bieber, among others, and set YouTube records, with nearly 2 billion views and more than 8 million subscribers. "The Late Late Show Carpool Karaoke Primetime Special" won an Emmy for Outstanding Variety, Music Or Comedy Special.
Corden came to American late-night television with a growing list of award-winning and critically acclaimed credits, including a Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Play for his role in "One Man, Two Guvnors" on Broadway and a BAFTA Award for the U.K. television series "Gavin & Stacey," which he co-created and co-wrote. In 2016 Corden hosted the 70th Annual Tony Awards, which had its largest audience in 15 years. In addition, he has hosted England's Brit Awards five times.
"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," said 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."
The 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards are produced by AEG Ehrlich Ventures for The Recording Academy. Ehrlich is executive producer, Louis J. Horvitz is director, Ben Winston is a producer, and David Wild and Ehrlich are the writers.