The Recording Academy announced Tuesday that it had tapped the comedian to host the Jan. 31 show just hours before announcing the list of nominees for the year. This will mark the 36-year-old's first time hosting the biggest night in music.
Earlier this year, Noah competed for his first Grammy Award. The Emmy winner was nominated for best comedy album with “Son of Patricia," but lost to Dave Chappelle.
“Despite the fact that I am extremely disappointed that the GRAMMYs have refused to have me sing or be nominated for best pop album, I am thrilled to be hosting this auspicious event,” Noah said in a statement. “I think as a one-time GRAMMY nominee, I am the best person to provide a shoulder to all the amazing artists who do not win on the night because I too know the pain of not winning the award! (This is a metaphorical shoulder, I’m not trying to catch Corona). See you at the 63rd GRAMMYs!”
On Twitter he added: "In a year that most human beings would love to forget, there has been one constant force that has brought us together - Music. I’m truly honoured to be hosting The #GRAMMYs, a night celebrating all of our favourite artists who’ve helped keep us sane while we’re all stuck indoors!"
Alicia Keys hosted the 2020 Grammys, which saw a historical sweep from artist Billie Eilish, who became the youngest artist ever to win album of the year for her chart-topping debut, “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?" The record was previously set by Taylor Swift, who won the coveted golden statue at 20 years old for "Fearless" in 2010. However, what loomed largest over the show was the death of NBA star Kobe Bryant, who died days earlier alongside his daughter in a tragic helicopter crash.
Past hosts include James Corden and LL Cool J.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.