Just ahead of the 2021 Grammy nominations coming out in the next hour, it was announced that Trevor Noah will be hosting the award show. This year, the Grammy’s will be taking place on January 31st at 8 PM ET. (We imagine it’ll look somewhat like the Emmy Awards did, given the still ongoing pandemic).
“Despite the fact that I am extremely disappointed that the Grammys have refused to have me sing or be nominated for best pop album, I am thrilled to be hosting this auspicious event,” Noah said in a statement. “I think as a one-time Grammy nominee, I am the best person to provide a shoulder to all the amazing artists who do not win on the night because I too know the pain of not winning the award! (This is a metaphorical shoulder, I’m not trying to catch corona). See you at the 63rd Grammys!”
“With a knack for keeping viewers engaged and entertained, Trevor is the perfect choice to lead us through what’s sure to be an incredible evening full of music, unforgettable moments, unity and inspiration,” Harvey Mason jr., chair and interim president/CEO of the Recording Academy added. “He is a dynamic host, comedian and personality, and we’re thrilled to welcome him to the Grammy stage as host of Music’s Biggest Night for the first time.”
“Trevor’s comedy talents, engaging energy and unique perspective make him the perfect host for the Grammys,” said George Cheeks, CBS Entertainment Group president and CEO. “At the same time, it’s very exciting to have one of our biggest ViacomCBS stars center stage for one of CBS’ marquee events. With Trevor hosting and ‘The Late Late Show’s’ Ben Winston producing, it’s yet another example of our combined company’s power in music, entertainment and the biggest live events.”
This isn’t the first time a comedian has hosted the Grammy’s. There have been a long line of comedians to grace the stage of the awards. Past hosts include Billy Crystal, Garry Shandling, Jerry Lewis, Mort Sahl, Whoopi Goldberg, Paul Reiner, Ellen DeGeneres, Jon Stewart, and James Corden. So Noah definitely is in good company!