James Corden should bring a blessed frivolity to hosting the 60th Annual Grammy Awards.
The star of CBS’ “Late Late Show” has the tricks, talent and temperament to offset any pretentious moments on the music industry’s biggest night. He makes his guests look good, and they know it.
Corden will oversee the Grammy telecast, starting at 7:30 p.m. Sunday on CBS, from Madison Square Garden in New York.
According to Hal Boedeker at The Orlando Sentinel, his main challenge is guiding the sprawling evening to its conclusion. Golden Globes host Seth Meyers had to deliver sharp commentary, a tricky assignment he aced. Oscar host Jimmy Kimmel must pull off both tasks.
This year’s Grammy nominees signal a real shift in the industry, with a new appreciation for rap and R&B. Jay-Z leads with eight nominations. Kendrick Lamar has seven, and Bruno Mars collected six. SZA is the most nominated woman with five. Khalid and Childish Gambino (Donald Glover) scored five apiece. All except Jay-Z are set to perform.
The lineup also includes Sting, Lady Gaga, U2, Sam Smith, Alessia Cara, Cardi B, Kesha, Little Big Town, Logic and P!nk.
There will be collaborations: Emmylou Harris with Chris Stapleton; Elton John with Miley Cyrus; Zuleyka Rivera with Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee. Brothers Osborne, Eric Church and Maren Morris will honor victims of attacks at music events.
The live telecast will have also feature a ton of Hollywood star power through the show’s presenters.
The list includes some of our favorite Hollywood stars like Katie Holmes, Shemar Moore, and Anna Kendrick.
Comedians Trevor Noah, Sarah Silverman, Dave Chappelle, and Jim Gaffigan, will also present along with NFL player Victor Cruz.
The legendary Tony Bennett will take to the stage to present an award. Plus, New Kids On The Block fans will rejoice as Donnie Wahlberg will take to the stage as well. Other musicians set to hand out trophies during the show include: Kelly Clarkson, Eve, Nick Jonas, Alicia Keys, John Legend, and Hailee Steinfeld.
The 2018 GRAMMY Awards will broadcast live from New York City’s Madison Square Garden at 7:30 PM ET on CBS Sunday.