Date: 15th February 2001
Only a week before the actual telecast, CBS announced Wednesday that Jon Stewart, host of The Daily Show on Comedy Central, will emcee the 43rd Annual Grammy Awards. Next Wednesday's show has drawn considerable heat over the planned pairing of Elton John and Eminem in a duet. Explaining why the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences waited until the last minute to announce a host, an unnamed official told today's (Thursday) New York Post, "We had a situation going on with Eminem and Elton John that got bigger and bigger every day. ... We knew no one would focus on the host and we wanted Jon to have his day."
Source: Studio Briefing