You may have read earlier Friday (Oct. 28) that the 23rd annual Latin Grammy Awards, to be held in Las Vegas on Nov. 17, will have four co-hosts — Brazilian powerhouse singer Anitta, Puerto Rican hitmaker Luis Fonsi, Italian singer-songwriter Laura Pausini, and Mexican superstar Thalia.
This marks the first time the Latin Grammys will have had four or more co-hosts since the inaugural broadcast, in September 2000, which had five — Gloria Estefan, Jennifer Lopez, Andy Garcia, Jimmy Smits and Antonio Banderas.
Most awards shows nowadays tend to go with one host or perhaps two or three co-hosts. But it used to be fairly commonplace for an awards show to have four or even more co-hosts.
We took a deep dive into awards show history and found close to 20 times that shows had five or more co-hosts. In the event that a group or duo co-hosted an awards show, we counted each individual member as one host, because, well, they’re there, which pushed shows co-hosted by *NSYNC, Bee Gees, Alabama, The Judds, Oak Ridge Boys and The Statler Brothers onto this list. (The Statlers were frequent hosts of the Music City News Awards, a forerunner of the CMT Music Awards. We listed just one of their hosting gigs, so as not to clog the list with that one show.)
We also had to decide if we would count a very famous duck as a co-host. He waddled on stage and did his part. How can we not count him? (See the final entry.)
Many shows have gone host-less, especially in recent years. In April 1970, the 42nd annual Academy Awards didn’t have a host. Instead, 17 “Friends of Oscar” took turns introducing various segments. But they’re weren’t really co-hosts in the sense that we usually use that term. We focused here on cases where the hosts were clearly identified as such.
The shows with five or more individuals hosting are listed in reverse chronological order: