While the Oscars are still figuring out who will take on its hosting duties, the Grammy Awards has decided famed songstress Alicia Keys will host the 61st ceremony.
Keys, a 15-time Grammy Award-winning artist, made the announcement on her social media platforms Tuesday morning.
In a behind-the-scenes video that featured promo shots, the "Empire State of Mind" singer gave fans an exclusive look into how the show is made. She told family, friends and her staff about why she is so enthusiastic about the illustrious gig.
“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!”
"I know what it feels like to be on that stage and I know what it feels like to be proud of the work that you've put in and to be recognized for it. And I just feel grateful that I'm able to bring that light and that energy," she said in the promo video.
"This is a first. It's a first and it's amazing and I think it's perfect timing. Honestly, I'm really excited," the 37-year-old said. "I feel really good about it because I feel like it's the perfect opportunity for me to give the light back and lift people up, especially all the young women that are nominated."
This year's ceremony will feature some of the most popular artists from last year including Cardi B and Janelle Monáe.
Women are expected to make waves at this year's awards show as they did in the 2018 ceremony. Keys commented on the incredible impact women made on the charts at last year's Grammys, stating women are demanding change in the male-dominated music industry.
"Look all the action that’s around us: women running for office in record numbers, women banding together in the entertainment industry, women demanding an end to disparity in the music industry like equal representation on the Grammy stage,” she said during the 2018 awards show.
Recently, Keys came under fire for posting and then deleting an XXXtentacion tribute on Twitter and Instagram. The hosting gig will be a well-needed palette cleanser.
CBS will air the 61st Grammy Awards on February 10 from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
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