January 14, 2005 -- ALL hail the Queen.
Movie star and singer Queen Latifah will reign over the 47th annual Grammy Awards being held next month in Los Angeles.
Her appointment to top emcee marks the end of the no-host policy for the yearly music awards.
The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences dumped the solo host in 2003, opting to use several performers to introduce the musical acts and guests. Political funnyman Jon Stewart last hosted the awards in 2002.
Queen Latifah is due to perform at the show, as well. Her latest effort, "The Dana Owens Album," has been nominated for a Grammy in the best jazz vocal album category.
"Queen Latifah is an extraordinary renaissance artist with unparalleled style and substance, and her passion, talent and personality make her an excellent choice as host for our show," Recording Academy President Neil Portnow said in a statement.
Latifah, born Dana Owens, emerged as a world-class rapper with her debut disc, "All Hail the Queen," in 1989.
Besides a pioneering female rapper, she has had her on TV talk show and was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role in "Chicago."
She is currently filming the romantic comedy, "Last Holiday in Prague."
The Grammys will be held on Feb. 13 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and broadcast on CBS. — Mary Huhn