Trevor Noah returned to host the Grammys for the third time on Sunday night.
In his opening monologue, the former Daily Show host joked that Beyoncé inspired him to leave his seven-year stint as the late night talk show host.
“Beyoncé is nominated for her album Renaissance, right? Which, by the way, was better than anything from the actual renaissance in my opinion,” Noah joked. “The Renaissance was just pictures of grapes and stuff. Beyoncé took it to another level. I was so inspired by the lyrics of ‘Break My Soul’ that I actually quit my job. That’s how powerful that was. I just wish Beyoncé had also written a song about the importance of having savings before you quit your job, but maybe the next one.”
The host sat down with to discuss returning to emcee the Grammys ahead of Sunday night and why he keeps coming back.
“Well, I have a lot of free time these days, so that’s part of it,” he joked. On a more serious note, he explained, “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.”
Noah continued, “For me to be part of that is truly, I guess now, it’s a three times a lifetime opportunity. I never take it for granted because all of these people are the soundtracks to our lives.”
The comedian may have opened up the live telecast on Sunday, but the 2023 Grammys began earlier in the day with the non-televised Premiere Ceremony, where Beyoncé, Harry Styles, Lizzo, the Encanto soundtrack and Viola Davis, who achieved EGOT status, took home awards.
The 2023 Grammys are taking place at the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles. The awards show is airing live from 8-11:30 p.m. ET/5-8:30 p.m. PT on CBS and is available on Paramount+.