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Who is Trevor Noah, the host of the 2023 Grammy Awards?

Ahead of the 65th annual music awards ceremony, we check out the charming, thoughtful and funny man who will be our host for the night.

Este domingo 5 de febrero se celebra la 65ª edición de los Premios Grammy. Te explicamos quién es Trevor Noah, el presentador de la gala.

As we gear up for the 65th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on 5 February, clearly much of our focus is on the special recognition being given to the musical artists that have wowed us over the past year. But spare a moment to consider who will be making the night one to remember, our host across all the proceedings, Trevor Noah.

It’s worth noting that this is the third consecutive Grammys for Noah, so he must be doing something right...

Who is Trevor Noah?

Born on February 20, 1984, in Johannesburg, South Africa, Trevor Noah has overcome numerous obstacles to become one of the most recognisable faces in comedy today. Comedian, writer, producer, political commentator, brilliant host of satirical news program The Daily Show, his charm, intelligence and empathy ooze out every time he takes to the screen or is involved in a project. And if you can make it to the end of any of his comedy gigs without tears in your eyes then you need to go see a doctor.

Growing up during apartheid, Noah faced discrimination and poverty. His mother, a black woman, was imprisoned for having a relationship with a white man, Trevor’s father. This taboo relationship also put young Noah’s life in danger, as interracial relationships were illegal during apartheid. Despite these challenges, Trevor discovered a love for comedy at a young age, using humour to escape the hardships of his childhood.

Noah’s big break in comedy

In 2006, Trevor’s big break came when he was selected to participate in the Johannesburg International Comedy Festival. His performance was a hit, and he quickly became one of South Africa’s most popular comedians. In 2010, Trevor was invited to perform on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, marking his US debut.

Trevor’s success continued to grow, and in 2015 he was selected to replace Jon Stewart, who many fans thought was irreplaceable, as the host of the Daily Show. Trevor has used his platform to address political and social issues, including race, gender, and inequality. He has also interviewed numerous influential figures, including former US President Barack Obama -- check out his impression and story of when he met him -- as well as pop star Beyoncé.

Trevor Noah, an advocate for people’s rights

In addition to his work on the Daily Show, Trevor has written and produced several comedy specials, including Lost in Translation and Afraid of the Dark. He has also published a memoir, Born a Crime, which details his upbringing in South Africa and the challenges he faced as a mixed-race child.

Trevor’s quick wit, insightful commentary, and comedic timing have earned him a reputation as one of the funniest and smartest comedians of his generation. He has been recognised with numerous awards, including multiple Emmy Awards, a Grammy Award, and a Peabody Award. Who better then to hand out these prized trophies in LA?!

Despite his success, Trevor remains humble and grateful for his journey. He is an advocate for numerous causes, including education and women’s rights, and is dedicated to using his platform to make a positive impact in the world.

At the end of 2022, Trevor made the decision to leave The Daily Show.

If I had to summarise Trevor Noah’s life -- and clearly I don’t know him personally so this is based on what I have witnessed over the years as an admirer of his work -- he is a testament to the power of perseverance and the transformative effect of humour. From humble beginnings in apartheid South Africa to hosting one of the most popular satirical news programs in the world, Trevor’s journey is a remarkable one filled with laughter, triumph, and hope.

When and where is the 2023 Grammy Awards ceremony?

The latest edition of the Grammys will be held at the Arena in Los Angeles on February 5, 2023. The best recordings, compositions, and artists of year, running from 1 October 2021, to 30 September 2022 will be recognised at the awards.

The nominations were announced on 15 November 2022 with Beyoncé leading the way with a total of nine, including in the categories of Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Dance/Electronic Music Album for her latest album “Renaissance.”

Kendrick Lamar with eight nominations, including Best Melodic Rap Performance, Best Rap Song, and Song of the Year for his album “Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers.”

On the night itself, you’ll be able to follow all the glitz, glamour, music and, of course, Noah-narration right here on AS USA.


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