Alicia Keys on Hosting the Grammys: â€˜It Feels Like Itâ€™s the Right Thingâ€™
â€œWe feel this Grammys is going to be different and bigger and better than any other,â€ Keys says
At Thursday morningâ€™s press preview and red carpet rollout, Keys said the production of the show has been a â€œcollaborative processâ€ with the Recording Academy, which puts on the ceremony each year, and that â€œthis is a real momentâ€ for both the artists and performers highlighted in the show and the viewers in the audience and at home.
â€œI am truly excited to be here hosting the Grammy Awards this year. I feel like we are truly part of a celebration, bringing the light, bringing the energy and continuing to make the statement that music is such an important part of all of our lives,â€ Keys said. â€œSunday is going to absolutely reflect that light, that love. We feel this Grammys is going to be different and bigger and better than any other.â€
Asked how she arrived at the decision to host the show, Keys replied: â€œThe reason I felt like this was such â€” I think we all felt like this was such â€” a natural moment is because I have been so blessed to have been on this stage before, multiple times, and understand what it is, what it feels like, what the artists are going through. Thatâ€™s what makes me excited to celebrate so many amazing nominees, particularly women nominees, so many who are my friends. There is a sense of true music community I can bring to the stage and I love the ability to lift each other up. It feels like itâ€™s the right thing.â€ Keys added that she hopes the producers of the show are â€œexcited about the way I have really plunged all the way in, to help bring my energy to the stage so that it feels genuine,â€ and that she believes the â€œenergy you feel is going to be far different from anything youâ€™ve ever felt.â€
Recording Academy president Neil Portnow and the showâ€™s lead producer, Ken Ehrlich, reiterated the idea of a natural fit, calling Keysâ€™ involvement a â€œshortcut in putting this whole thing onâ€ because of her â€œstrong and vivid connection with the Grammy institution.â€