British funnyman James Corden will host the 2017 Grammy Awards.
James, who took over hosting duties on U.S. talk show The Late Late Show in 2015, will present the 59th edition of the ceremony on February 12.
He replaces LL Cool J, who has acted as host for the past five years of The Recording Academy’s annual prize giving.
“I am truly honored to be hosting the Grammys next year,” James said in statement. “It’s the biggest, most prestigious award show in music and I feel incredibly lucky to be part of such an incredible night.”
Despite being a relative newcomer to U.S. television the 38-year-old is a veteran awards host, having presided over this year’s Tony Awards and as well as five Brit Awards ceremonies in his native England.
He has been a hit as the host of The Late Late Show, with Carpool Karaoke, a segment of the program which sees James sing alongside celebrities while going for a drive, proving particularly popular.
The Recording Academy’s President/CEO Neil Portnow says, “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 . 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 Grammys will be broadcast live on CBS from Staples Center in Los Angeles.0