Grammy Awards 2019 : Alicia Keys will host the 2019 Grammy Awards, becoming only the fifth woman in history to do so. A 15-time Grammy-winning singer-songwriter, Keys has “built an unparalleled repertoire of hits and accomplishments,” according to the Recording Academy, stemming from her monumental 2001 debut album, Songs in A Minor. The “Empire State of Mind” and “Girl on Fire” singer will take on the Grammys Feb. 10 as host — ending the male-dominated six-year streak formerly held by James Corden (2017-2018) and LL Cool J (2012-2016).
Grammy Awards 2019
61st Annual GRAMMY Awards
Location:Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA
Date:10 Feb 2019
Grammy Awards 2019 Live Stream
Keys celebrated the new gig in a nine-minute video posted on YouTube this morning. The behind-the-scenes clip captures the moment Keys learned that she would be host and how the singer told her loved ones, including her mom, husband Swizz Beatz and two children (who weren’t at all impressed). The video then follows Keys as she does promo for the show; she tries on some entertaining outfits (including one that looks like a loofah), until she decides on the perfect, sleek velvet pantsuit.
Grammy Awards 2019 : 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards
“I know what it feels like to be on that stage, and I’m going to bring that vibe and energy,” Keyes said 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! It’s going “UP” on February 10!”
Keys is the first woman to host the awards in 14 years, following Queen Latifah in 2005, Rosie O’Donnell in 2000 and 1999, Ellen DeGeneres in 1997 and 1996 and Whoopi Goldberg in 1992.
But this year it seems as though the Recording Academy is making an effort to diversify its ranks and nominees. The list of 2019 nominees features a large representation from women; Brandi Carlile leads the way with six nominations, while Lady Gaga, Cardi B, Maren Morris and H.E.R. each earned five nods. Five of the eight album of the year nominees for 2019 are women.