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Alicia Keys to host 62nd Annual Grammy Awards

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The 62nd Annual Grammy Awards ceremony scheduled for January 26, 2020, at Staples Center in Los Angeles has renowned Rhythm and Blues superstar Alicia Keys, as host.

The “Girl on Fire” singer took to social media Thursday morning to announce the news in a fun, creative video in which she receives unsolicited advice from the last host — herself.

The 2019 awards ceremony was Keys’ first time hosting music’s biggest night. Her crowd-pleasing debut had many powerful moments, including an epic performance and an opening monologue full of surprises.

Viewers were stunned when the star kicked off the ceremony by bringing a few of her influential friends to the stage, including former first lady Michelle Obama, Jennifer Lopez, Jada Pinkett Smith and Lady Gaga

Keys, who took over hosting duties from James Corden, was the first woman to host the Grammys since Queen Latifah in 2005.

In a statement, the singer said hosting last year was a “powerful experience.”

“At first, I did think last year was a one-time thing, but when the opportunity came back around, there was no question about returning as host,” the 15-time Grammy winner said in a press release. “Not only did I feel the love in the room, but I felt it from around the world and it confirmed the healing and unifying the power of music.”

“From Best New Artist recipient to Grammy Award host, Alicia Keys has been a beacon of artistry within the music community for more than two decades,” said the Recording Academy’s president and CEO Deborah Dugan in a statement. “Last year was a testament to her compelling creativity and we are thrilled that she will return to the Grammy stage as our host.”

Next year’s event will recognize the best recordings, compositions, and artists of the eligibility year, running from October 1, 2018, to August 31, 2019.

Aerosmith will be honoured as the MusiCares Person of the Year two nights prior to the telecast. This will be the first edition of the Grammy Awards that the new Recording Academy President Deborah Dugan will preside over.

After many years of being traditionally held in February (except during the years of the Winter Olympics), the 62nd Grammy Awards ceremony was moved back to January, following the Academy Awards’ decision to move their 2020 ceremony to the second Sunday of February.

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