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Alicia Keys Announces She Will Host the Grammy Awards

Alicia Keys Announces She Will Host the Grammy Awards

The singer Alicia Keys will host the 61st annual Grammy Awards on Feb. 10, she announced on Tuesday in a nearly 10-minute celebratory video that emphasized the show as female-driven a year after the Grammys faced controversy over gender diversity.

Keys succeeds the late-night host James Corden, who presided over the Grammys for the last two years and took over from LL Cool J, who hosted for five years beginning in 2012. Previous hosts include Queen Latifah, Rosie O’Donnell, Ellen DeGeneres and Garry Shandling.

The Grammys host is traditionally onscreen for about 15 minutes of a nearly four-hour show. From 2006 to 2011, there was no host.

A 15-time Grammy winner who has frequently performed on the show, Keys has also acted in films like “The Secret Life of Bees” and the show “Empire.” Though not known as a comedian, she represents a straightforward choice at a time when the Academy Awards has battled weeks of bad press over the selection and subsequent withdrawal of Kevin Hart because of his past homophobic comments.

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