James Corden Will Host the 2017 Grammy Awards

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It looks like all those “Carpool Karaoke” rides have paid off for late night host James Corden, who will be the host of the 2017 Grammy Awards.

Variety reports that The Late Late Show star and two-time Emmy Award winner will take over hosting duties from rapper-turned-actor LL Cool J, who has hosted the awards show since 2012. Corden’s wildly popular segment “Carpool Karaoke” has featured a variety of musical superstars and celebrities from Lady Gaga to Michelle Obama.

“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,” Recording Academy President 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 most recently lent his ebullient personality as the Tony Awards show host.

“I am truly honored to be hosting The Grammys next year,” he said in a statement. “It’s the biggest, most prestigious award show in music and I feel incredibly lucky to be part of such an incredible night.”

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