Pop/R&B legend and 15-time GRAMMY winner Alicia Keys has been announced as the host of the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards. This will be the first time Keys has been the master of ceremonies for Music’s Biggest Night.
“I know what it feels like to be on that stage, and I’m going to bring that vibe and energy,” said Keys 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!”
Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow echoed her sentiments, commenting, “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. 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 meld 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 Awards Executive Producer Ken Ehrlich.
In addition to her 15 GRAMMY wins, Keys is an accomplished actress, a New York Times best-selling author, a film, television and Broadway producer, an entrepreneur, and a remarkable force in the world of activism. Since the release of her monumental 2001 debut album, Songs In A Minor, Keys has sold more than 30 million records and built an unparalleled repertoire of hits and accomplishments.