Having already taken home 15 of her own GRAMMY Awards over her prolific career, it’s only fitting that Alicia Keys is taking the reins as this year’s host! The “No One” singer will lead the festivities on music’s biggest night on Feb. 10 – and it’s bound to be one of the best yet.
In a press release announcing the exciting news, the 37-year-old said: “I know what it feels like to be on that stage, and I’m going to bring that vibe and energy. I’m so excited to be the master of ceremonies on the biggest night in music and celebrate the creativity, power and magic. I’m especially excited for all the incredible women nominated this year! It’s going UP on February 10!”
The mother of two adorable kids – Egypt, 8, and four-year-old Genesis, 4, who she shares with music master Swizz Beatz – is taking the torch from James Corden, who’s been the evening’s host for the past two years.
And Alicia is the perfect fit. She first took home a golden statue back in 2002 for “Fallin’,” one of her big breakout hits. Twelve years (and 13 more GRAMMYs!) later, she was most recently awarded the win for best R&B Album of the year for “Girl on Fire,” which also features one of her biggest songs to date by the same name.
This year, Canada’s very own Drake and Shawn Mendes received nods for their latest work, while pop goddesses Camila Cabello and Ariana Grande (and her late ex-boyfriend Mac Miller) are in the running for major prizes. Up-and-coming country queen Kacey Musgraves, and Christina Aguilera and Demi Lovato’s sexy collaboration “Fall In Line,” are also up for awards.
And, of course, how could anyone forget epic movie soundtrack hits like Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s “Shallow” – which recently took home a Golden Globe and Critic’s Choice Award – and “All the Stars” from Marvel’s Black Panther. It’s gearing up to be an exciting night, honouring the best – and most diverse! – talent in the industry.
The 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards will broadcast live from The Staples Centre in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 10 on Citytv.