Get it, girl! On Jan. 15, Alicia Keys posted a video on YouTube revealing that she’ll be hosting the 2019 Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 10. The singer, 37, will be the first woman in 14 years to take the Grammy stage as host. The last lady to fill the position as master of ceremonies was Queen Latifah in 2005. “I know what it feels like to be on that stage, and I know what it feels like to be proud of the work that you’ve put in, and to be recognized for it,” Alicia expressed. “I just feel grateful that I’m able to bring that light and that energy.”
The mother-of-two went on to explain that she isn’t taking the responsibility lightly. “This is a first — it’s a first, and it’s amazing, and I think it’s perfect timing. Honestly, I’m really excited, I feel really good about it, because I feel like it’s the perfect opportunity for me to give the light back, lift people up, especially all the young women that are nominated.”
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Speaking of nominations, Alicia wasn’t lying when she said she knows what it feels like to be on that stage. The R&B songstress has been nominated for a whopping 29 Grammys over the course of her career. That’s not all, though! Even more impressively, Alicia took home 15 of them! Yes, 15, including Best R&B Album for Girl on Fire in 2014, Best New Artist in 2002, and Best R&B Song for “No One” in 2008.
Needless to say, she’s more than qualified for the job. As for what we can expect from the star-studded evening? Well, Alicia didn’t cough up too many details. However, she did write: “There’s so much in store and I can’t wait for y’all to see it all come to life.” TBH, the excitement is killing us! We have no doubt that Alicia is going to kill it on stage.
Be sure to catch the 61st Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 10, at 8 p.m. EST on CBS.