Trevor Noah Isn’t the First ‘Daily Show’ Host to Host the Grammy Awards

Trevor Noah is hosting the 2021 Grammy Awards, and the Daily Show host aims to bring some semblance of normalcy to the ceremony in the midst of a global pandemic. Noah hosting the Grammys may be a new sight, but he’s not the first comedian to do so — and not the first host of The Daily Show either.

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Comedian and The Daily Show host Trevor Noah hosts the 2021 Grammy Awards from Staples Center in Los Angeles | Michael Schwartz/CBS via Getty Images

Trevor Noah is a Grammy nominee

While Noah may seem out of place at a music award show, the South African comedian is no stranger to the Grammys. He was nominated at the 2020 ceremony in the Best Comedy Album category for his Netflix stand-up comedy special, Son of Patricia.

Despite losing out to Dave Chappelle, Noah is in good company: previous winners such as Whoopi Goldberg have gone on to host the Grammys.

Noah is nowhere near the first comedian to host music’s biggest night. Starting in 1987, several funny men and women got a turn at hosting, including Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg, Ellen DeGeneres, Rosie O’Donnell, Kelsey Grammer, Garry Shandling, and Paul Reiser.

Noah is nowhere near the first comedian to host music’s biggest night. Starting in 1987, several funny men and women got a turn at hosting, including Billy Crystel, Whoopi Goldberg, Ellen DeGeneres, Rosie O’Donnell, Kelsey Grammer, Garry Shandling, and Paul Reiser.

There’s one comedian host, however, to whom Noah has an especially notable relationship.

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Comedian and The Daily Show host Trevor Noah attends the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, CA | David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images

Jon Stewart is the first Daily Show’ host to host the Grammys

In 2015, Noah took over hosting Comedy Central’s popular programThe Daily Show. Longtime fans of the late-night show were nervous about how he would carry on the legacy of his predecessor: the incomparable Jon Stewart.

Stewart took the reins of The Daily Show in 1999 from Craig Kilborn, the former sports commentator who helped launch the show three years earlier.

Throughout his sixteen-year tenure, Stewart was known for his larger-than-life personality and equally larger-than-life takes on the news every day. He became synonymous with The Daily Show as a whole and made it into the phenomenon that it is today.

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Comedian and former host of The Daily Show Jon Stewart poses for a portrait prior to the opening ceremony of the 2019 Warrior Games at Amalie Arena on June 22, 2019 in Tampa, Florida | Michael Reaves/Getty Images

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Jon Stewart was a breakout star when he hosted the Grammys

Stewart hosted the Grammy Awards in 2001 and 2002. Unlike Noah, however, Stewart was still relatively fresh in his Daily Show chair, and was still in the early days of his career. Stewart began getting his name out there in the 1990s with his MTV talk show The Jon Stewart Show. The show was a hit and the network’s second-highest-rated show behind Beavis and Butthead, but was canceled in 1995.

Now, the 2021 Grammys might end up being just an award show-themed episode of The Daily Show.