The Recording Academy has found a new host for the 61st Annual Grammy Awards. Today, the Academy announced Alicia Keys as the master of ceremonies for music’s biggest night happening in February.
“I know what it feels like to be on that stage, and I’m going to bring that vibe and energy,” shared 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!”
Since breaking ground in 2001 with her Song in A Minor debut, Keys has won 15 Grammys, including Song of the Year (“Fallin’”), Best New Artist and multi-Best R&B Song victories.
“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,” commented the Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow. “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.”
Along with the announcement, Keys shared a 10-minute video that shows her receiving the call to emcee the award show. She logs her road to the big host reveal by giving fans an in-depth behind-the-scenes look at the photo shoot she did to accompany the special bulletin.
The 61st Annual Grammy Awards airs on February 10, 2019, at 8 p.m. EST on CBS.
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