Alicia Keys will host this year’s Grammys, as the awards ceremony picks another artist with Long Island ties to anchor music’s biggest night.
The 15-time Grammy winner — who sold her Muttontown home a few years back, but still has The Oven studios in Glen Cove, where she recorded albums, including the chart-topping "As I Am" and her hit "Empire State of Mind" with Jay-Z — follows in the footsteps of Manhasset’s LL Cool J, who hosted the awards show from 2012 to 2016.
“I know what it feels like to be on that stage, and I’m going to bring that vibe and energy,” Keys said in a statement. "I'm so excited to be the master of ceremonies on the biggest night in music and celebrate the creativity, power and magic. I’m especially excited for all the incredible women nominated this year! It's going UP on Feb. 10!”
Kendrick Lamar leads the night with eight nominations, followed by Drake with seven and Brandi Carlile with six nods. The awards will be handed out at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and broadcast live on CBS.
“A dynamic artist with the rare combination of groundbreaking talent and passion for her craft, Alicia Keys is the perfect choice as host for our show,” Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow said in a statement. “Throughout her exciting career, I have watched her become a powerful force within the music industry and beyond. As an artist who speaks to the power of music for good, a role model, and a spokesperson for change, we are thrilled to have her on board for what’s sure to be an unforgettable Grammy Awards.”
Keys sold the Muttontown estate she shared with husband rapper Swizz Beatz in 2011 for $2.995 million, according to a Newsday report. Built in 1981, the 9,000-square-foot house, set on a 2.2-acre gated property, had seven bedrooms and 6½ baths.