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
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
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.