Alicia Keys says Grammys 2019 will be "sickest" yet
- Author: Kyle Peterson Feb 11, 2019,
Feb 11, 2019, 1:11
"There's a sense of community that I want to bring to the stage", Keys said.
The awards bash struck a sour note a year ago when only one woman, Best New Artist Alessia Cara, won in a major category.
No one, really, besides Alicia Keys should have been in the running to host the Grammys this year.
As Corden tries to offer her advice, Keys belts out, "You know I've won 15 times?" and even sings a bar of her hit, "Girl on Fire". "I'm so excited to be the master of ceremonies on the biggest night in music and celebrate the creativity, power and magic". Keys responded, "Didn't you host it twice? It's going UP on February 10!" "Throughout her exciting career, I have watched her become a powerful force within the music industry and beyond".
Keys, who along with husband Swizz Beatz was honored last year on her birthday by the Recording Academy's Producers & Engineers wing for their overall contributions to music, will be the first woman in 14 years to host the show.
Keys announced that she'd be hosting the show in a video posted to her YouTube channel.
"Congratulations", he said. "But you could have waited till I got dressed". Charlie Wilson, who's nominated for best traditional R&B performance for his collaboration with Lalah Hathaway, will also be presenting. However, rapper Kendrick Lamar, with eight nominations, still goes into the night as the artist with the most nods. Also, current nominee Dua Lipa will perform with Grammy victor St. Vincent.
Additionally, J Balvin, Young Thug, Ricky Martin and Arturo Sandoval will join Cabello for the show's opening, while Fantasia, Yolanda Adams and Andra Day will pay homage to the late Aretha Franklin. Album-of-the-year nominees include Kacey Musgraves, H.E.R., Janelle Monae, Brandi Carlile and Cardi B. Best-new-artist contenders include H.E.R., Bebe Rexha, Dua Lipa, Margo Price, Chloe x Halle and Jorja Smith.