Alicia Keys presents the award for record of the year at the 60th annual Grammy Awards at Madison Square Garden in New York in 2018. The Recording Academy announcedthat Keys will host the Feb. 10 Grammys for the first time. The show will air live on CBS in Los Angles.
Photo: Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File
Photo: Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File

Grammy Awards 2019: Alicia Keys to host annual ceremony for the first time

After two years of James Corden and too many of LL Cool J, the Grammy Awards have tapped one of its biggest winners to helm this year’s ceremony.

Alicia Keys will preside over the 61st Annual Grammy Awards for the first time in a career that has earned her 15 of the prestigious gold gramophones. 

Keys, who turns 38 this month, is also a deft choice given the fallout from last year, when the Grammys were criticized for a lack of female nominations and performances.

"I know what it feels like to be on that stage, and I’m going to bring that vibe and energy," Keys 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!"

The show will air live from Los Angeles at 8 p.m. Feb. 10 on CBS.

Last year, Keys and husband Kasseem “Swizz Beatz” Dean were honored for their artistic contributions by the Producers and Engineers Wing of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, which produces the Grammys.

Past Grammy hosts include Queen Latifah, Jon Stewart, Ellen DeGeneres, Paul Reiser and Kenny Rogers. 

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Melissa Ruggieri
Melissa Ruggieri
Atlanta Journal-Constitution staff writer Melissa Ruggieri covers music and entertainment news for the AJC. She remembers when MTV was awesome.