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Comedian Jon Stewart to host Grammys

For the second year in a row, comedian Jon Stewart will host the Grammys, the music industry’s most prestigious annual awards show. CBS will broadcast the 44th annual Grammy Awards ceremony from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Feb. 27.

“We all are delighted to have Jon return as the host of the Grammys, with his razor-sharp wit and unique connection to our audience,” said Michael Greene, president and chief executive officer for the Grammy-sponsoring National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.

A New Jersey native, Stewart currently stars on the Comedy Central cable network’s “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart,” a half-hour nightly news spoof that won the prestigious Peabody Award for excellence last year. He previously hosted “The Jon Stewart Show” on MTV, which later aired in syndication.

Stewart’s debut book, “Naked Pictures of Famous People,” a collection of humorous what-if essays, received critical acclaim and made the New York Times bestseller list.

Stewart also will appear in the upcoming Danny DeVito-directed Warner Bros. comedy film, “Death to Smoochy,” which also stars Robin Williams, Edward Norton, DeVito and Catherine Keener.