2020 Grammys Host Alicia Keys Is Only the Second Female Musician To Emcee the Event

Alicia Keys will be hosting the Grammy Awards once again in 2020, a distinction the 38-year-old singer-songwriter shares with only four other women.

A 15-time Grammy Award winner herself, Keys hosted music's biggest night of the year for the first time in 2019, a move which seemed to counter the widely-used hashtag, #GrammysSoMale. Last year, the artist became the first woman to host the awards in 14 years. Keys is one of only five women who have hosted the show in its 62-year history, following fellow entertainers Queen Latifah in 2005, Rosie O'Donnell in 2000 and 1999, Ellen DeGeneres in 1997 and 1996, and Whoopi Goldberg in 1992.

"At first I did think last year was a one-time thing but when the opportunity came back around there was no question about returning as host of the GRAMMY Awards," the classically trained pianist said Wednesday in a statement first reported by Billboard. "Last year was such a powerful experience for me. Not only did I feel the love in the room, but I felt it from around the world and it confirmed the healing and unifying power of music."

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Singer-songwriter Alicia Keys presents the Hollywood Song Award onstage during the 23rd Annual Hollywood Film Awards on November 03, 2019. Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for HFA

Recording Academy president and CEO Deborah Dugan also harkened back to Keys' role as host of the 61st iteration of the awards ceremony last February.

"From Best New Artist recipient to Grammy Award host, Alicia Keys has been a beacon of artistry within the music community for more than two decades," Dugan said Wednesday, as reported by CBS, the network that broadcasts the award show each year. "Last year was a testament to her compelling creativity and we are thrilled that she will return to the Grammy stage as our host."

On Monday, Keys also joined the lineup for the 20th annual Latin Grammy Awards on November 14. Fellow performers Miguel, Beto Cuevas, Residente, Calibre 50 and Prince Royce, were also slated to appear, Variety reported.

Since her global debut in 2001 with the album, Songs in A Minor, Keys has been a force in the music industry racking up a total of 29 Grammy Award nominations. In the midst of last year's hosting duties, Keys parked herself between two pianos, thrilling viewers by performing a medley of "Songs I Wish I Wrote," including Scott Joplin's "The Maple Leaf Rag," Roberta Flack's "Killing Me Softly," Kings of Leon's "Use Somebody" and Lauren Hill's "Doo-Wop (That Thing)," as noted by New York Daily News.

The 62nd annual Grammys will air live January 26, 2020 from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Nominees for the awards are expected to be announced on November 20.

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