Alicia Keys is returning as host of the Grammys on Sunday, January 26. The Grammy winner stopped by On Air With Ryan Seacrest on Thursday, January 23, and shared what to expect from the awards show this year as well as her view on the recent Grammys controversy amid former CEO Deborah Dugan's allegations.
Billie Eilish and Lizzo lead the nominations this year, with nods in each of the big four categories — Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Best New Artist. Lil Nas X and Ariana Grande are also frontrunners when it comes to the 2020 nominations, which have made headlines following Dugan’s claims that the voting system is reportedly “biased.”
“You know, in regards to my reaction to the nominations specifically,” Alicia shared with Seacrest. “… I think it’s always been a little bit confusing … but, you know, listen: the voting process on all levels — like let’s not get it twisted — it’s not always accurate. I mean, like, let’s look at the country! … There’s definitely flaws and things have to be updated and reimagined on so many levels for everything, not just this particular situation, but for our country, for the world, there’s a lot of change on the precipice.”
The “Underdog” singer admitted even she isn’t fully aware what's going on.
“I’m learning like you guys are learning,” she added. “I’m not in a position to talk about all of that stuff because it’s confusing, but definitely as artists, and as an artist and as a representative of the artistic community, I’m here to celebrate the artist and I’m here to celebrate the beautiful, beautiful love that it takes,” Keys continued. “[I'm here] to celebrate them and … lift them up.”
The host, who crushed the role at the 61st annual Grammy Awards last year, concluded she’s all about bringing that fun energy.
“Like I said there is enough drama going on in the world,” she shared. “There’s enough crazy things happening. We’re all trying to make it through our days, make it through our lives, and I think music is the one thing that can make us all have our shoulders drop and feel like we’re understood and we feel loved and we feel like it’s possible.”
Demi Lovato is also taking the stage at the 2020 Grammys on Sunday, making a comeback following her 2018 overdose.
“I’m pretty sure I’m not supposed to tell you what Demi Lovato has planned,” Keys hilariously told Tanya Rad when pressed about the songstress’ return. “But what I do know is that I’m really excited about it and I’m really excited for her and I think it’s going to be really special.”
Watch back the full interview in the video above for more, including to hear what’s to come with Alicia’s 2020 world tour and forthcoming book titled More Myself: A Journey.
Catch the 62nd annual Grammy Awards on CBS on Sunday, January 26, at 5 p.m. and catch Ryan Seacrest ahead of the awards live on the E! red carpet!