Jhene Aiko will take on hosting duties at the Grammy Awards premiere ceremony this month.
The Recording Academy announced Tuesday that the Grammy-nominated singer; will host the pre-show, where most trophies are awarded. And It will be streamed live on the Grammy’s website ahead of the 63rd annual ceremony on March 14.
The Grammys will be held in Los Angeles at the Staples Center.
The pre-show will feature performances by singer Burna Boy, singer Rufus Wainwright, jazz band Terri Lyne Carrington + Social Science, pianist Igor Levit, singer Poppy and Latin electropop musician Lido Pimienta.
The third studio album of jhene Aiko “Chilombo” is nominated for album of the year and best progressive R&B album.
She’s also up for best R&B performance for her song “Lightning & Thunder,” featuring John Legend.
According to billboard; The Academy had approached actress (and current Grammy nominee for best comedy album); Tiffany Haddish about hosting this year’s Premiere Ceremony. Haddish was informed by an Academy staffer that she would not be compensated for her efforts; nor would her hair or make-up expenses be covered. (When Harvey Mason Jr., the Academy’s chair and interim President/CEO learned how poorly Haddish had been treated, he called the star to apologize.)
Aiko will be compensated for her efforts, as will all seven performers at the Premiere Ceremony. All seven are current Grammy nominees. The performers (and the categories in which they are nominated) are Burna Boy (best global music album for Twice As Tall),