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Alicia Keys to host Grammys

/ 12:35 AM January 20, 2019

Alicia Keys

LOS ANGELES—Alicia Keys will host the Grammy Awards on Feb. 10, she announced Tuesday, one year after the gala came under fire over diversity concerns.

Keys, herself a 15-time Grammy winner, will be the emcee for music’s biggest night, which this year features a diverse slate of women and hip-hop artists as leading contenders.

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“I know what it feels like to be on that stage, and I know what it feels like to be proud of the work you’ve put in and to be recognized for it,” Keys said in a video posted on social media. “It’s the perfect opportunity for me to give the light back and lift people up, especially all the young women who are nominated,” she added.

Keys replaces James Corden, the late-night comedian who has hosted the awards the past two years.

Since releasing her blockbuster album “Songs in A Minor” in 2001, the classically trained pianist-singer has sold more than 30 million records and has become a successful film, television and Broadway producer.

Her appointment as Grammy host comes after the Recording Academy—which organizes the event—faced backlash that the show is consistently “too male and too white.”

Rap superstar Kendrick Lamar is leading the Grammy pack with eight nominations, propelled mostly by his work on the “Black Panther” soundtrack. —AFP

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