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Grammys host Trevor Noah and executive producer Ben Winston weigh in on the live show

The 2023 Grammy Awards is set to take place on February 6 and unlike the past few years, the who’s who on the the music scene will be headed over to Los Angeles’s Crypto.com Arena to celebrate the star-studded night.

South African-born comedian and former “The Daily Show” host, Trevor Noah will be hosting the event for the third time, which ultimately means that we’re all in for a treat.

This year sees Harry Styles, Bad Bunny, Lizzo, Sam Smith, Mary J. Blige and Luke Combs taking to the main stage to perform.

Executive producer Ben Winston and Noah chatted to “The Hollywood Reporter” about the show and Beyoncé’s potentially record-breaking moment among other things.

“I feel really great about the show this year. It’s going to be the most star-studded room the Grammys has been for many, many years,” said Winston.

He added that although there was a lot going on in their minds and a lot that they were trying to confirm and organise, they still felt “in a really good place”.

Noah on the other hand, is eager to play host once again because he has “a lot of free time these days”.

He said: “Moments that you have backstage with the performers — you’re just walking around and you’re seeing Billie Eilish and she’s having a moment with another artist — you don’t get to see that anywhere else, and you don’t get to experience that level of joy.

“For me to be part of that is truly, I guess now, it’s a three times a lifetime opportunity,” Noah explained. “I never take it for granted because all of these people are the soundtracks to our lives.”

About Beyoncé being on track to become the person with the most Grammy wins of all time Noah told “The Hollywood Reporter”: “I can think of few artists who are more deserving of holding that title and that position.

“And without disrespecting any of the previous holders of that title in any way, it is safe to say that Beyoncé has truly done more than many to shape not just music, but pop culture, the perception of black women, black people in general, connecting the diaspora in the way she creates her music, defining dance moves.”

He added that she had left an indelible impression.

“Often times people have amazing influences on music or on culture and then we’ll say, ‘Oh, it would’ve been great if they were celebrated’. It’s wonderful that Beyoncé gets her flowers,” said Noah.

To date the “Cuff It” hitmaker has won 28 Grammy awards and will need to win four more to beat the record set by the late conductor Georg Solti, who won 31 Grammys.

She is currently tied with Quincy Jones in second place.

Beyoncé is nominated for nine Grammys this year.

Her genre-spanning album “Renaissance” is up for album of the year while her hit song “Break My Soul” is up for both Song and Record of the Year.

She also picked up further nods in both dance/electronica and R&B categories.

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