As you may have read on Friday (Oct. 28), the 23rd annual Latin Grammy Awards, set for Nov. 17 in Las Vegas, will feature four co-hosts — Brazilian powerhouse singer Anita, Puerto Rican hitmaker Luis Fonsi, Italian singer-songwriter Laura Pausini and Mexican superstar thalia
The Latin Grammys will have four or more co-hosts for the first time since the inaugural broadcast in September 2000, with five — Gloria Estefan, Jennifer Lopez, Andy Garcia, Jimmy Smits and Antonio Banderas.
Most award shows these days tend to go with a host or maybe two or three co-hosts. But it was fairly common for an awards show to have four or more co-hosts.
We took a deep dive into awards show history and found about 20 times that the show had five or more co-hosts. In the case of a group or duo co-hosting an awards show, we count each member as a host, because, well, they’re there, which trumps shows co-hosted by *NSYNC, the Bee Gees, Alabama, The Judds, The Oak Ridge Boys and The Statler Brothers are on this list. (The Statlers were regular hosts of the Music City News Awards, the precursor to the CMT Music Awards. We’ve listed one of their hosting gigs, so the list doesn’t get stuck on that one show.)
We also had to decide if we would count on a very famous duck as a co-host. He jumped on stage and did his part. How can we not count him? (See final entry.)
Many shows have been host-less, especially in recent years. In April 1970, the 42nd Annual Academy Awards had no host. Instead, the 17 “Friends of Oscar” take turns introducing different segments. But they weren’t actually co-hosts in the sense that we normally use that term. We focus here on cases where the hosts are clearly identified.
Shows with five or more people hosting are listed in reverse chronological order: