Trevor Noah, South Africa’s golden child of comedy and social commentary, is set to re-host the Grammys, standing at the helm of the ship of the 64th edition of the annual ceremony.
In many ways, his emcee status at the 2022 leg of one of the biggest music award ceremonies in the world, will be a strikingly different beat to his last hosting.
This year’s Grammys took place in March amidst one of the earlier waves of the pandemic, and so was stripped of much of its glamour and zest.
There was, of course, no influx of star-studded artists rubbing shoulders, no roaring audience to applause the winners or laugh at Trevor’s takes, and the world celebrated kilometres and oceans apart. Yet, despite the bareness of the Gramms in contrast to its usual pre-pandemic grandeur, Noah was praised for hosting “the most enjoyable show in ages,” as Billboard wrote.
Noah’s take-two comes as the result of his outstanding performance the first time on top of several other reasons. Being a master navigator of cultural conversations through comedy, an excitement to see how he will perform under more traditional settings, and his presence symbol of global representation are all note-worthy factors.
Additionally, it’s usually something of courtesy to have back-to-back bookings for hosts. This is why the likes of James Corden held the podium for what seemed like ages.
The Grammys are set to take place on Jan 21 2022.
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