With all due respect, after five consecutive years of leading the
Change is constant in pop music, but not when it comes to hosting the Grammys. Half a decade in pop music years, after all, is the distance between "A Hard Days Night" and "Helter Skelter" -- or LL Cool J's "Radio" and "Mama Said Knock You Out."
The Oscars, Emmys,
Maybe this year LL Cool J will knock us out with razor-sharp wit and hilarious take-downs of big-egoed artists -- and earn a return invite. If not, below are five options for next year.
Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein. He's a drummer, she's a guitarist, and together they are the co-creators and stars of the IFC sketch comedy series "Portlandia." Armisen is best known for his work on "Saturday Night Live" and the fake documentary series "Documentary Now!" But he knows music, and he came up in the Chicago post-punk scene. Brownstein is guitarist in Sleater-Kinney and writer of the autobiography "Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl." As a team, they'd inject a jolt of unpredictable joy into the ceremony.
Much like Portland, Ore., commercial music could use some lampooning.
Adele. We could all save some time, and save Adele the energy, if the Grammys hire her to host next year. She'll likely be rolling a dolly-full of Grammys off the stage for her album "25" anyway, so let's cut out the middlemen. More important, few entertainers working today are as gracefully charming and funny onstage. As anyone who's ever seen her in performance understands, Adele's a natural.
Justin Timberlake and
Matt Stone and Trey Parker. A Grammy Awards written and directed by the creators of "South Park" and "The Book of Mormon" would add cliff-hanging hilarity to a show that lags in viral moments. Unlike the MTV Video Music Awards or the
Cher. (Have you seen her Twitter lately?)
Kanye West. (See above.)
Aziz Ansari and Jennifer Lawrence. They're just friends! They'd be great hosts!
Johnny Depp. Just kidding. Seriously, no.