"Jon Stewart to Host Grammys"
January 15, 2002
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Recording Academy News
Jon Stewart To Host GRAMMYs
Actor/comedian will helm show for second straight year

For the second consecutive year, actor/comedian Jon Stewart will host the GRAMMY Awards. The 44th annual show will take place Feb. 27 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

"Jon was a joy to work with last year and demonstrated a real passion for the music and genuine understanding of his job as host," said Recording Academy President/CEO Michael Greene. "We all are delighted to have Jon return as the host of the 44th Annual GRAMMY Awards, with his razor-sharp wit and unique connection to our audience."

"Most of the time you do something, it's like a first date. 'Heck, well, they'll never call me again,'" said Stewart. "So to be asked back, that's like I got to second base with the GRAMMYs."

A New Jersey native, Stewart currently anchors Comedy Central's hit television show, "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart," which has enjoyed increased ratings since he took over as host in 1999. In 2001, "The Daily Show" won the prestigious Peabody Award for excellence and received an Emmy for Outstanding Writing in a Variety, Music or Comedy Program. Stewart's other television credits include the HBO comedy special, "Jon Stewart: Unleavened," HBO's "The Larry Sanders Show," and MTV's "The Jon Stewart Show."

His unique brand of humor also has displayed itself in his writing. Stewart's debut book, Naked Pictures of Famous People, is a collection of humorous what-if essays and was a critically acclaimed success, appearing on the New York Times Best Seller List. Stewart also has written for several magazines including The New Yorker, Esquire and George.

On March 15, Stewart can be seen in his most recent film, the Danny DeVito-directed Warner Bros. comedy Death to Smoochy, which also stars Robin Williams, Edward Norton, DeVito and Catherine Keener. Some of his other film credits include Big Daddy, Playing By Heart and The Faculty.


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