She’s been hailed in the hip-hop world and by Hollywood, and now Queen Latifah will extend her reign even further as host of the 47th annual Grammy Awards.
Latifah, who is a nominee this year, will also perform at the awards show, the Recording Academy announced on Thursday (January 13).
“Queen Latifah is an extraordinary Renaissance artist with unparalleled style and substance, and her passion, talent and personality make her an excellent choice as host for our show,” Neil Portnow, president of the Recording Academy, said in a statement.
Latifah won a Grammy in 1994 for Best Rap Solo Performance for her single “U.N.I.T.Y.” from her 1993 album, Black Reign. This year, she is up for Best Jazz Vocal Album for her collection of classic soul, blues and pop songs, The Dana Owens Album.
Kanye West leads the list of nominees for the 2005 Grammy Awards with 10 nods, for his album The College Dropout, his single “Jesus Walks” and his production work (see “Kanye Scores 10 Grammy Nominations; Usher And Alicia Keys Land Eight” ).
As this year’s Grammys approach, you can get all the latest news on the show, the scene and the nominees in our Grammy news archive. On the big night, February 8, be sure to tune in to MTV at 7 p.m. for our “All up in the Grammys” preshow. Plus check out videos of the nominees and more right here on mtv.com.