– Alicia Keys has today been announced as the host of the 61st Grammy awards
– Keys is the first female to host the prestigious awards in 14 years
– Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow said Keys was the perfect choice for this years show
– He described her as ‘A dynamic artist with the rare combination of groundbreaking talent and passion for her craft’
– Keys in the course of her career has received 15 GRAMMY awards and sold over 30 million records
-The Award airs airs on Sunday, Feb. 10 at 8 p.m.ET / 5 p.m. PT.
15-time GRAMMY winner and R&B legend Alicia Keys has been announced as the host of the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards.
Keys, 37 will be hosting the prestigious award airing on Sunday, Feb. 10 on CBS.
This will be the first time the mother of 2 will be master of ceremonies for Music’s Biggest Night.
I know what it feels like to be on that stage, and I’m going to bring that vibe and energy,” said Keys in a statement. “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!”
Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow echoed her sentiments, commenting,
“A dynamic artist with the rare combination of groundbreaking talent and passion for her craft, Alicia Keys is the perfect choice as host for our show. Throughout her exciting career, I have watched her become a powerful force within the music industry and beyond. As an artist who speaks to the power of music for good, a role model, and a spokesperson for change, we are thrilled to have her on board for what’s sure to be an unforgettable GRAMMY Awards.”
“Alicia is one of those rare artists who meld true musical genius with heartfelt emotional lyrics to create a unique approach to everything she does. We have no doubt that she’ll bring all of that as she guides millions of GRAMMY viewers through what we believe will be a very special show in February,” said longtime Grammy Awards Executive Producer Ken Ehrlich in a statement.
In addition to her remarkable 15 GRAMMY wins, Keys is an accomplished actress, New York Times best-selling author, film, television and Broadway producer, entrepreneur, and a remarkable force in the world of activism. Since the release of her monumental 2001 debut album, Songs In A Minor, Keys has sold more than 30 million records and built an unparalleled repertoire of hits and accomplishments.
Kendrick Lamar leads this year’s nominees with eight nods, and Drake follows with seven. Producer Boi-1da and Brandi Carlile earned six apiece, making Carlile the most nominated woman at the 2019 Grammys. Cardi B, Childish Gambino, H.E.R., Lady Gaga, Maren Morris, producer Sounwave and mastering engineer Mike Bozzi follow with five nods.
The 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards airs on Sunday, Feb. 10 at 8 p.m.ET / 5 p.m. PT.
Watch her Vlog where she tells her family and friends she’s hosting the Grammy’s below: