Picking a host to follow Alicia Keys after her stunning performance as host of the 2019 Grammys was not easy.
The producers of the 2020 Grammy Awards would have been faced with two difficult questions.
Who could they possibly invite to host the prestigious awards after Alicia Keys, and who could top the sizzling show she had put on. There was only one option... Alicia Keys.
Even Alicia is aware of what a burden it is to live up to your own legend
Singer/ songwriter Alicia Keys at the 2018 Grammy Awards/ Source: Getty Images
“At first, I did think last year was a one-time thing, but when the opportunity came back around, there was no question about returning as host.”
Alicia - unlike Ellen DeGeneres and Rosie O’Donnell - is herself a singer and musician of unparalleled talent and dazzled the audience with a stunning performance, at one stage doing a medley and playing two pianos at the same time.
Alicia set herself quite a challenge. She will have to find a way to top her opening when in 2019 she stood on stage with some of the most influential women in music - and the world - Jennifer Lopez, Lady Gaga, Jada Pinkett-Smith and former First Lady Michelle Obama.
Alicia shared a hilarious video in which she argues with the 2019 version of herself on how she will be hosting in 2020 - and refuses the advice given by her past self to rappel from a helicopter or ride in on a horse.
Even Alicia is aware of what a burden it is to live up to your own legend. But...If there is anyone who can do it, it's Alicia Keys.
The woman who was signed at 15 by Columbia Records, sold over 65 million records worldwide and won 15 Grammys can handle anything.
For the first time in history, a former First Lady of the United States set foot on the stage of the Grammy Awards and paid homage to the importance of music in her life.
Standing beside host Alicia Keys, Michelle Obama spoke movingly about how music has been an integral part of her personal history. She said:
“From the Motown records I wore out on the South Side to the ‘Who Run the World’ songs that fueled me through this last decade, music has always helped me tell my story.”
Michelle joined monster talents Lady Gaga, Jada Pinkett Smith, Jennifer Lopez, on the stage and shared their history with music, and brought the audience to their feet for a standing ovation.