By Hayden Wright
After five straight years of Grammy Awards hosting, LL Cool J is passing the baton to The Late Late Show‘s James Corden.
The English comedian has endeared himself to viewers and YouTube subscribers with his inventive, ebullient connection to popular music: His Carpool Karaoke series has courted A-listers like Adele, Lady Gaga, One Direction and Jennifer Lopez, not to mention First Lady Michele Obama.
“Thanks to ‘Carpool Karaoke,’ we’ve all been on some incredible rides with James, and The Recording Academy couldn’t be more excited to welcome his passion and enthusiasm for music, both as an entertainer and a fan, to the Grammy stage on February 12,” said Recording Academy president and CEO Neil Portnow. “He’s got big shoes to fill after the magnificent run we had with LL Cool J, but James Corden is a commanding, dynamic showman who, we believe, is perfect to host the Grammy Awards.”
Corden—who previously hosted the Tony Awards—expressed his own joy about the new gig.
“I am truly honored to be hosting The Grammys next year,” he said in a statement. “It’s the biggest, most prestigious award show in music and I feel incredibly lucky to be part of such an incredible night.”
Grammy executive producer Ken Ehrlich added that Corden’s “musical background, personal charm and comedic instincts” would delight viewers around the world.