Who's Hosting The 2016 Grammys? It's Time To Shake Things Up With The Year's Biggest Entertainers
Music's biggest night is approaching and as with any major award ceremony — be it Emmy, Oscar, Tony, or otherwise — people are wondering who will host the 2016 Grammy Awards. The host makes or breaks a show's success, turning it from just an awards show into an entertaining spectacle (Neil Patrick Harris' Tony hosting) or a slogging, uncomfortable ceremony (James Franco and Anne Hathaway at the Oscars). The Grammys' host history has ranged from comedy-friendly musicians (Queen Latifah, Paul Simon) to comedians who likely wouldn't be at the Grammys if it weren't for the audiobook awards (Jon Stewart, Ellen DeGeneres).
While an official host for the 2016 Grammys has not been announced, the safe bet here is LL Cool J, who has hosted the ceremony yearly since 2012. The rapper-turned-actor has a great stage presence and a background in music that makes him a good choice to host, and a much more logical one than former non-musician hosts like Rosie O' Donnell. The executives at CBS are likely to dip their hands back into the LL Cookie Jar again, especially considering he's a star on one of their most popular shows, NCIS: Los Angeles. However, there are plenty of musicians that would be just as great at playing the role of show host and entertainer. Here are some suggestions for musicians who would be a good fit for Grammys host, in case CBS decides shake things up this year.
Adele is, without a doubt, going to be a presence at this year's Grammys after she devastated just about every record in the book. 25 has proved to be a groundbreakingly popular record, and her song "Hello" is inescapable — probably because no one is trying to escape. The next thing Adele is known for after her immense vocal talent is her personality, which shines brightly in interviews thanks to her down-to-earth attitude and cutting wit. She could be the Grammys' version of regular Golden Globe host Ricky Gervais, if you substitute the offensive remarks for an amazing singing voice.
Snoop Dogg is a rapper, but his most recent music material isn't what people recognize him for. Instead, they know him for being hilarious and extremely laid-back. He's popped up as an actor in film and television and is repeatedly one of the most engaging talk show guests out there. Putting Snoop Dogg in charge of hosting the Grammys would help give the awards show the same vibe that makes the Golden Globes so enjoyable — more relaxed, more room to goof around, and treating everything far less seriously.
Justin Timberlake made his long-awaited return to music a couple of years ago, and since then has been charming his way through press appearances and regular stops on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Timberlake makes being a song-and-dance man look absolutely effortless, and could turn a droll Grammys ceremony into the television event of the month, if not the year, by hosting.
Bruno Mars had an absolutely stellar year, despite not having released an album. Instead, he used the goodwill of monster-hit single "Uptown Funk" to stay in the public consciousness all year long. Mars, like Timberlake, is a classic song-and-dance man with a penchant for entertaining, a trait that he showed off when he hosted Saturday Night Live in 2012.
Missy Elliott is back. She may not have as widespread of a reputation for being a funny and personable entertainer like some of the other artists on this list, but she's Missy Elliott. Nothing else matters. She's Missy Elliott, she's back, she has a new single, and it's amazing, so let her host the Grammys. Let her host the Oscars. Put Missy Elliott on every screen from New York to Seattle and beyond. If her music videos are any indication, a Missy Elliott-hosted Grammys ceremony would be weird, brilliant, and the most fun anyone will have in 2016.
CBS and the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences will be announcing their Grammys host soon, and while LL Cool J is a reliable favorite, television audiences would surely go wild to see someone new hosting who is not only currently producing chart-topping music, but also has experience putting on a great show.