The Grammy Awards is the biggest night in music. After 14 years of being a male-dominated awards show, a woman will be hosting.
Alicia Keys will host the prestigious music award ceremony in Los Angeles on Feb. 10, 2019. The 37-year-old singer announced the news in a video posted to her YouTube channel on Tuesday, Jan. 15, which was titled, “I’m Hosting the 2019 Grammys (Alicia Keys).”
The nine-minute video features a clip of her receiving the phone call from her manager, who delivered the exciting news, as well as clips of her spilling the details to her family, including her mother, her husband Swizz Beatz and their children, 8-year-old Egypt and 4-year-old Genesis, and staff members.
Keys then spent the rest of the video trying on outfits and taking part in a photo shoot for promotional material alongside the 15 golden gongs she already owns herself.
In the description of the video, the “Fallin'” singer wrote: “I’m soooo EXCITED to announce that I’ll be hosting the 61st Annual Grammy Awards!!
“There’s so much in store and I CAN’T WAIT for y’all to see it ALL come to life Tune in on February 10th at 5PM PST / 8PM EST. Only on CBS! (sic)”
Grammy Awards Executive Producer Ken Ehrlich heaped praise on Keys in a statement. “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,” he said.
Neil Portnow, president and CEO of the Recording Academy, added: “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, we are thrilled to have her on board for what’s sure to be an unforgettable Grammy Awards.”
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