It's been announced that Alicia Keys will host the 2019 Grammy Awards.

The announcement was made on the Recording Academy/Grammys official Twitter page, with a post that read:

"IT'S OFFICIAL! 15-time GRAMMY winner @AliciaKeys will host the 61st #GRAMMYs, marking her first time as master of ceremonies for Music's Biggest Night."

Keys is the first female host of the annual music ceremony since Queen Latifah performed the task back in 2005.

Keys, a 15-time Grammy-winner, will also be another female face at an award ceremony putting greater emphasis on rewarding women in music, with more diversity in the nominations this year.

The New York-born star has nodded to the increased female inclusion at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards, and said she wants to bring "light" to women in the music industry.

Posting in a video on her Instagram account, Keys said: "I'm going to host the Grammys, you heard it.  I know what it feels like to be on that stage.

"I just feel grateful that I'm able to bring that light, that that energy.

"I'm feeling excited, I feel really good about it.

"I feel that it's the perfect opportunity to give that light back, especially to all the young women nominated.

"To me it feels like sister vibes."

The Grammy Awards will take place on February 10 in Los Angeles.