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The Daily Show host will emcee the music awards ceremony, which is set to air on CBS on Sunday, Jan. 31 at 8 p.m.
“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!”
Recording Academy chair and interim president/CEO Harvey Mason, Jr. added, “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. 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.”
Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic it remains to be seen what January’s Grammys will look like. Recent awards shows like the BET Awards, Emmys, Video Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards, People’s Choice Awards and American Music Awards have featured a mix of live, pre-taped and virtual elements.
The Emmys went without an in-person audience at the Staples Center but host Jimmy Kimmel was on site along with a number of star presenters. The nominees in each category joined the ceremony via video from their own homes, where the winner accepted their award. Meanwhile, the AMAs, which took place just two days ago, featured a small, in-person live audience of socially-distanced, mask-wearing fans, all of whom had been tested for COVID-19. Host Taraji P. Henson and numerous performers and presenters were also on hand for the event.
The host selection also reflects corporate synergy on the part of ViacomCBS, with one of Comedy Central’s biggest stars landing the high-profile gig on CBS.
“Trevor’s comedy talents, engaging energy and unique perspective make him the perfect host for the Grammys,” said CBS Entertainment Group president and CEO George Cheeks. “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.”
The Grammy nominations will be revealed at 9 a.m. PT today. Watch the live stream here.
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