“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,” Keys said in a statement. “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.”
The New York native will be just the third woman – and the first female music star – to host the show more than once. She will follow Ellen DeGeneres, who took the position in 1996-97, and Rosie O’Donnell, who hosted in 1999-2000. Two other women have hosted one time since the show became a live telecast in 1971 – Whoopi Goldberg in 1992 and Queen Latifah in 2005.
Furthermore, the 38-year-old has won 15 Grammy Awards since her debut album was released in 2001. Only one Grammy host has won as many or more trophies: Paul Simon, who hosted the show in 1981, is a 16-time Grammy winner.