Award-winning actress Taraji P. Henson recently opened up with Billboard about hosting the upcoming American Music Awards, which is set to be one of the few in-person awards shows this year. Henson, who studied musical theater at Howard University, credits her major for preparing her for such a major gig.
“It’s just a chance for me to show all sides of my talent. When you study musical theater, you gotta sing, you gotta dance, you gotta act.” She went on to add, “I guess some would say I’m a triple threat. I like to have fun and make people laugh. 20 years ago, that’s what I came out here to do: comedy.”
While the Academy Award-nominated actress is excited for the entire night, she revealed that she is most looking forward to seeing K-Pop group BTS perform after revealing that she was shocked to find out that the group knew who she was when they met on the set of The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon,
“They knew who I was! They were like, ‘Cookie! Cookie!’” she said, explaining how BTS members referred to her by her popular Empire character. “So it’s going to be great to see them perform on this big stage. You know, on Jimmy Fallon, the stage is small, but to see them at this big venue is going to be really, really, amazing.”
The 50-year-old will curate the star-studded night on Sunday, November 22nd, live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. While there will be no live audience in the theater aside from the celebs, Henson has a surprise planned that she says is a “very innovative way of bringing in a live audience.”