For a guy about to play a "room" of roughly
15,000 people, Jon Stewart doesn't feel pressured as he prepares
to host the 44th Grammy Awards at Los Angeles' Staples Center.
"The nice part about the show is it really is aboutthe performances.
As long as I don't ruin those or trip over somebody's amplifier
wire and blow out a speaker, I should be OK," the star of Comedy
Central's The Daily Show With Jon Stewart said Friday.
Stewart, 39, said he hopes to include new
comic twists and perhaps some visual material for his second
Grammy gig (CBS, Feb. 27, 8 p.m. live ET/tape-delayed PT). He
scored positive reviews last year after being named host only
days before the event. "They just had basically gotten down
to the S's" in searching for a host, he joked.
Stewart, who will host NBC's Saturday Night
Live on March 9, said he thinks there are advantages in
having a Grammy host who isn't a music insider. "I'm not awfully
jaded about the music industry because I don't know that much
about it," he said.
Stewart wouldn't reveal his comic plans for
this year's Grammys, but offered thoughts about the show.
* Last year, neither CBS nor Grammy organizers
put any restrictions on him, other than: "I was not allowed
to touch U2's fruit plate. (But) I don't know if that was a
* He hadn't realized the size of the entourages that surround
performers. "I got to see the top of the heads of the Destiny's
Child girls as they were whisked by in the hallway. That was
* Without last year's Eminem-Elton John duet
and its joke potential, Stewart says it is his responsibility
to create a controversy. Or "I may pretend they're on this year's
show, just to keep the whole thing going.