“I know what it feels like to be on that stage, and I’m going to bring that vibe and energy,” said Keys. “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 Feb. 10!”
The music trophy show will take place February 10 at LA’s Staples Center and will air live on CBS from 8-11:30 p.m. ET/PT.
Keys also posted a behind-the-scenes video announcement on her social media channels.
Keys has served as a judge on NBC’s hit singing competition The Voice since 2011. She has sold more than 30 million records since the release of her 2001 debut album, Songs in A Minor.
“A dynamic artist with the rare combination of groundbreaking talent and passion for her craft, Alicia Keys is the perfect choice as host for our show,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the Recording Academy. “Throughout her exciting career, I have watched her become a powerful force within the music industry and beyond. As an artist who speaks to the power of music for good, a role model, and a spokesperson for change, we are thrilled to have her on board for what’s sure to be an unforgettable Grammy Awards.”
“Alicia is one of those rare artists who melds true musical genius with heartfelt emotional lyrics to create a unique approach to everything she does. We have no doubt that she’ll bring all of that as she guides millions of Grammy viewers through what we believe will be a very special show in February,” said longtime Grammy Executive Producer Ken Ehrlich.
The 61st Annual Grammy Awards will be broadcast live from Staples Center in Los Angeles Sunday, Feb. 10 (8:00-11:30 PM, live ET/5:00-8:30 PM, live PT) on the CBS Television Network.