LOS ANGELES Nov 22 British actor and talk show
host James Corden, whose "Carpool Karaoke" segment has become a
viral phenomenon, will host the Grammy Awards in February, the
Recording Academy said on Tuesday.
Corden's appointment to lead the music industry's most
prestigious awards show ends the five-year hosting run of actor
and hip-hop artist LL Cool J.
"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,"
Recording Academy President and CEO Neil Portnow said in a
Corden, 38, was virtually unknown in the United States
before he took over as host of "The Late Late Show" on CBS
TV in 2015. But his popularity has soared through the
show's "Carpool Karaoke" segment, in which singers ranging from
Adele to Britney Spears and Justin Bieber take a car ride with
Corden and sing along to their biggest hits.
Corden, already a Tony-winning actor, won an Emmy earlier
this year for "Carpool Karaoke," which has garnered nearly 2
billion views on YouTube. He also hosted the Tony Awards in New
York in June.
The choice of the popular Corden was seen as a bid to boost
declining TV ratings among young adults for the annual Grammy
show. The total audience for the 2015 ceremony was the lowest in
six years, at 25.3 million, although it rose to 24.9 million in
The Grammy Awards will be held in Los Angeles on Feb. 12.
(Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Matthew Lewis)