As we’ve been waiting impatiently for this somewhat grim year to come to its end, 2017 already sounds promising! The Recording Academy announced the host for its 59th Annual Grammy Awards on Tuesday, and it’s none other than our very own James Corden.
While LL Cool J has been an outstanding host for the past five years, there’s always room for new blood and exciting changes. And who better to host the Grammys than the man who regularly invites musicians to his car and drives them around town, while singing along to their hits!
So before LL Cool J officially passes the baton to another ‘cool James that the ladies love’ on February 12, here are five reasons why next year’s Grammys will probably be the best ever.
- we’re in for some serious laughs.
The Grammy Awards are not usually the funniest of them all, with the Academy quite often being deemed as too serious – sometimes even pretentious. But with James on board, all of this is going to change! You cannot ask a comedian to host the show and expect him to blurt out some scripted, boring lines. Nope; he will have some ironically accurate Trump-related jokes to tell and we might even get a funny sketch in the process. Beware, Queen Bey!
- Carpool Karaoke could come to life.
How cool would it be to see Carpool Karaoke unfolding live, before our eyes? Imagine James behind a fake wheel and a singer sitting next to him belting some tunes. But who would that singer be? Man, the list is endless; let’s put that to vote.
- there will be no shortage of musical numbers.
Mutli-talented James is not only a fantastic host and entertainer, but he’s also a surprisingly good singer. Remember that time he did a duet with the ‘annoyingly’ talented Zooey Deschanel? Their performance was amazing and I bet Lionel Richie felt so proud! Or how about those duets with Cher and Alanis Morissette? I mean, apart from the humorous side of it, his vocals are on point! I’m sure he’ll put them to good use again at the Grammys, so brace yourselves for an intense musical number – shall we bring Lin-Manuel Miranda in?
- ‘90s boybands may regain their long-lost glory.
By now, you’re probably all familiar with Corden’s love for boybands (in fact, he used to be in one while still at school). The host loves seeing his favourite ‘90s groups reuniting on stage and one of his best moments on The Late Late Show must have been his live performance with the Backstreet Boys! I bet we’re gonna see some of that action at the Grammys and, who knows, he could even bring One Direction back together – if only for the night.
- tributes to late musicians will reach their peak.
Sadly, it’s been hard keeping up with the number of musicians we’ve lost over the course of 2016 – David Bowie, Prince and Leonard Cohen among the greats. And since Lady Gaga paid her respects to David Bowie at this year’s Grammys, perhaps it’s time for Corden to honour Prince and Leonard Cohen with a touching tribute, calling fellow musicians on stage and giving a chilling performance all together. If one knows how to acknowledge talent and celebrate music, that’s definitely James.