By now you’ve heard that Trevor Noah will host the 2023 Grammys, set for Feb. 5 at Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles. It’s the third year in a row that Noah has been tabbed as host of Music’s Biggest Night. He’ll be the first person to host the show three years running since LL Cool J hosted five straight shows from 2012-16.
Noah wrapped a seven-year run as host of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show on Dec. 8, so this will be his first Grammy hosting gig as the former host of The Daily Show. Jon Stewart, his predecessor as host of The Daily Show, was a two-time Grammy host in 2001-02.
In a Q&A with Billboard’s Neena Rouhani for the 2023 Grammy Voter Guide, Noah discussed the appeal of the Grammy telecast.
“In a world where everything is becoming increasingly niche,” he said, “there are few collective experiences that we can share where everyone gets something they want.”
Noah said he enjoys the challenge of hosting a live awards show. “I’m enjoying the fact that we’re juggling flaming swords,” he said. “Just putting it all together, combining different genres, getting the musicians in sync with each other and the audience, keeping the audience in tune with what’s happening. One of my favorite things about the Grammys as a whole is it is one of the few places where you get to experience artists in their rawest element, which is performing their music live.”
Noah also shared his hosting philosophy. “I’m always aware that I am there in service of the show. This is not my show, nor do I try to pretend that it is. A good host is somebody who keeps the show moving in the right direction, makes sure that they bring the audience into what’s happening, engages and entertains everybody who’s in the room and really turns it into a party. Everyone is there to have a good time. It’s an awards show, but it’s also one of the greatest concerts you’ll ever get the opportunity to go to.”
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