We finally made it, y’all! With the Country Music Awards and Latin Grammys leading the charge, we’re entering the most glamorous time of the year. Yes, that’s right, awards season is finally upon us, and we couldn’t be more excited for what our favorite stars have planned. From the AMAs to the Golden Globes, here is your official guide to celebrity hosts this awards season.
As we prepare to watch our fave stars get up on stage and accept their awards, we’re giddy with questions about what this awards season will hold. Which red carpet looks will break the internet this year? Which speeches will make us cry? Which couples will break up weeks after posing in couture together?! Only time will tell — but here’s a list of everything we do know about the upcoming award shows in the meantime.
The Grammy Awards
Date: January 26, 2020
Here’s a pretty fun fact: This year, it looks like more hosts than ever are women. With the news that Alicia Keys will be reprising her role as the host of the Grammys, we’re not only swimming in incredible female hosts but seeing an uptick in how many of these amazing women are being asked to return year after year. Before Keys, only two other women — Ellen DeGeneres and Rosie O’Donnell — had hosted the Grammys for two years in a row.
Keys gave a statement to Billboard about her momentous return: “At first, I did think last year was a one-time thing,” she admits, “but when the opportunity came back around, there was no question about returning as host. Not only did I feel the love in the room, but I felt it from around the world and it confirmed the healing and unifying power of music.”
The Academy Awards
Date: February 9, 2020
The Oscars have announced their 2020 host, and — drumroll, please — they went with no host at all! For the second year in a row (after briefly engaging Kevin Hart as their host in 2019), the Academy Awards will be host-less, featuring a variety of performers and presenters to fill the time typically occupied by a host.
“There will be no traditional host this year,” ABC Entertainment president Karey Burke confirmed. In March, Burke spoke to why not having a host was deemed so successful last year: “The main goal, which I’m told the Academy promised last year, is to keep the show to three hours. The producers decided to wisely not have a host and have the presenters and the movies be the stars. That’s the best way to keep the show to a brisk three hours.”
The Critics’ Choice Awards
Date: January 12, 2020
This year, the Critics’ Choice Awards are turning 25: And returning to host the occasion is 2019 host Taye Diggs. When presented with the opportunity to host last year, the All American star said he was “truly honored and ridiculously excited” for the gig — and clearly, that enthusiasm paid off.
Also featured at this year’s awards: Kristen Bell getting a #SeeHer award, and Eddie Murphy getting a Lifetime Achievement Award. Make sure you catch the show on Jan. 12 at 7 p.m. ET on The CW.
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards
Date: February 2, 2020
This year’s BAFTA Awards are looking like a can’t-miss show, between the planned exclusive performance from Cirque du Soleil and the announcement of award-winning comedian Graham Norton as their host. After 26 years(!) hosting comedy show The Graham Norton Show (which has won six BAFTA awards of its own), Norton is stepping up to this prestigious hosting gig.
“I’m delighted to be taking the helm of the biggest night in British Film,” Norton said in a statement. “The audience at the Royal Albert Hall will be the biggest sofa I’ve ever faced. I’m honored to be following in the fabulous footsteps of Stephen Fry and Joanna Lumley.”
The Country Music Awards
Date: November 13, 2019
The CMAs will be hosted by the legendary Carrie Underwood — for her record 12th year in a row! While Brad Paisley served as her faithful co-host for the past 11 years, he won’t be joining her up on stage tonight. Instead, she’ll be hosting alongside Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton, which, hey — we’re not complaining!
At a press conference last month, People reports that Underwood gave these hints about what the hosts have in store for tonight: “It’s definitely gonna be heartfelt,” she told reporters (would we expect anything less from the CMAs?). And: “I feel like Dolly and Reba are both so good at those one-liners that just kill…I can’t imagine there not being some of those in there.”
The Latin Grammy Awards
Date: November 16, 2019
This year, dad of four Ricky Martin will be co-hosting the Latin Grammys alongside Devious Maids star Roselyn Sánchez and telenovela star Paz Vega. While it’s Sanchez’s fourth time hosting this awards show, it will be Martin and Vega’s first. Martin’s no stranger to that stage, though: The “Livin’ La Vida Loca” singer has won no less than three Latin Grammys in his career, and was named Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year in 2006.
The Latin Grammys are always an incredible show — and we bet it’ll be better than ever with Ricky Martin adding his signature flair.
The American Music Awards
Date: November 24, 2019
Get ready for a “Body Party” at this year’s AMAs: the queen, the icon, the utterly fabulous Ciara will be hosting the 2019 show, which means we’re completely guaranteed to have an epic night. At last year’s show, Ciara lit up the stage with her performances of “Level Up” and “Dose,” and we’re beyond excited to see more of that energy this year.
In other exciting AMA news, Kesha will be performing at this year’s show for the first time since 2013 — along with Shania Twain, Camila Cabello, Billie Eilish, Selena Gomez, Lizzo, and Taylor Swift. Um, is it Nov. 24 yet?!
The Golden Globe Awards
Date: January 5, 2020
Would you look at that? Even though he swore up and down last year that it was his last time hosting, comic actor (and UK Office star) Ricky Gervais will be hosting the Golden Globes for his fifth year running. Of course, Gervais is now promising that this year will be his absolute last, releasing this statement: “Once again, they’ve made me an offer I can’t refuse. But this is the very last time I’m doing this, which could make for a fun evening.”
We’re very curious to find out what that means — Gervais isn’t exactly known for playing it safe with his humor in past years, so could he be going even further off the rails in 2020? We’re guessing he’d have to do something pretty drastic to actually not be invited back…but drastic might be just what Gervais has in mind.
We’ll be updating this article as we get more information — so keep checking back as we get deeper into awards show season.
A version of this article was published in November 2019.