As Jay-Z said in one of his Grammy Award-winning hits: “On to the next one.”
A week after The Daily Show , Trevor Noah has landed his next big hosting gig: He’ll be hosting the 65th Annual Grammy Awards on February 5 for the third year in a row.
“I don’t think it’s unusual to receive it one timeso I don’t have a great reference for it,” Noah said Billboard. “It’s exciting. It’s a trick for me because I’m a fan of almost everyone who’s been there.”
This is the first time that the rewards will be returned to the Crypto.com Arena. The Los Angeles venue formerly known as the Staples Center was the home of the Grammy Awards from 1999 until the pandemic began. In 2021, music’s biggest night took place outside the Los Angeles Convention Center, moving to the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas for this year’s show.
“The first one … was a completely different way of watching,” Noah said. “Then because of restrictions, the next one was in Las Vegas [in Los Angeles], and it was a different kind of show. Now it’s exciting [because] Hopefully it will be different for the right reasons rather than just being ordinary.
The 38-year-old comedian brings a wealth of television experience to her Grammy gig. “I’ve been lucky enough to work in television for 18 years – including South Africa,” he said. “I’ve been lucky enough to do crazy shows where everyone’s running around and you have to hit your marks and do different things. And most importantly – very funny – I don’t take myself too seriously. I allow myself [to be] comfortable with the idea that things can go wrong in an instant.”
With so many moving parts at the Grammys because of all the performances, Noah has to think on his feet even more than usual. “Sometimes [producers] “I don’t know where the artist is, or someone went to the toilet at the wrong time,” he said. “It’s the craziest, unluckiest thing that can happen to you, and 99 times out of 100, it doesn’t happen. But when this happens, everyone needs to take a breath and keep everything in the right direction. “We always plan for the worst and hope for the best.”
Although Grammy has a script, Noah likes to improvise. “Anyone who works with me knows I’m always off the cuff,” he said. “If something happens that’s not in the script and you want to make a comment or make a joke about it, we do that and it’s fun… We don’t know what someone might do before or after the performance, so the best I can do is respond to that… I enjoy playing flaming swords.”
Calling the Grammys “one of the greatest concerts you’ll ever go to,” Noah added, “The most important thing to me is the celebration.”