South African comedian and host of the Daily Show Trevor Noah will host the 2021 edition of the annual Grammy Awards.
The Recording Academy announced on Tuesday that the Grammy-nominated comedian as host for the 63rd edition of music’s biggest night set to take place on January 31.
“Despite the fact that I am extremely disappointed that the GRAMMYs have refused to have me sing or be nominated for best pop album, I am thrilled to be hosting this auspicious event,” Noah said in a statement.
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According to a statement issued by the recording academy, Trevor’s comedy talents, engaging energy and unique perspective make him the perfect host for the GRAMMYs, said CBS Entertainment Group President and Chief Executive Officer George Cheeks.
Harvey Mason jr., Chair and Interim President/CEO of the Recording Academy, said, “With a knack for keeping viewers engaged and entertained, Trevor is the perfect choice to lead us through what’s sure to be an incredible evening full of music, unforgettable moments, unity and inspiration”.
Mason jr further added that Noah is a dynamic host, comedian and personality, and the recording academy is thrilled to welcome him to the Grammy stage as host for the first time.
The recording academy announced the nominations for the Grammy Music Awards on Tuesday.
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The awards have had its fair share of controversy in recent years because of its lack of diversity.
According to the British Guardian, just days prior to the 2020 event, Deborah Dugan, the former CEO of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences filed a lawsuit against the organising body, alleging sexual harassment and racial discrimination against the recording academy, as well as accusing her predecessor as CEO of rape, and referring to “irregularities and conflicts” in the Grammys’ nomination and review process.
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