Fifteen-time Grammy-winner Alicia Keys hosts the Grammy Awards this Sunday night on CBS — she’s the show’s first female host in 14 years. At a press conference Thursday, she said she wants one of her contributions to the telecast to make the artists feel comfortable, and not stressed out.
“You come to these things as an artist and you’re juggling so many things and there’s so much pressure on you,” she told reporters. “I would love to just ensure the peace and the good energy in the room, so that we can all feel the true blessing: to be able to have the gift of music as our universal language.”
“This is a real moment,” she added. “I think that the energy you’re gonna feel is gonna be far different than anything you’ve ever felt.”
Alicia noted that she’s been working with the producers to “really craft this [telecast] to be very specifically mine.” She also offered some advice to artists who’ll be performing on the Grammys for the very first time Sunday.
“Breathe,” she laughed. “Just breathe, and remember to relax…remember the reason why you do music…And just be in the moment, man! ‘Cause you’ll never get it back…And have an amazing time.”
Ken Ehrlich, the Grammys executive producer, tells ABC Radio that those artists who’ll be making their Grammy debuts — like Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello — are the ones that may be the best of the entire night.
“First-timers bring an energy,” he says. “Not to in any way say anything negative about people who keep coming back,” he adds. “But there are some artists on the show, it’s the first time they’re performing…and they all wanna bring it.”
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