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LL Cool J Signs on as First Grammy Awards Host in Nearly a Decade

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Perhaps you hadn’t noticed, but the Grammy Awards have been operating without a host for the last seven years. That’s long enough as far as the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences is concerned, and to prove it, they’ve gone out and enlisted the services of all-world MC LL Cool J, who has spent the last four years hosting the Grammys’ live nominations concert show.

LL Cool J will be the first person to host the event since Queen Latifah did it back in 2005, and will become part of a tradition that includes previous hosts such as Jon Stewart, Billy Crystal, Ellen DeGeneres and Rosie O’Donnell. He owns a pair of Grammys himself, picking up wins for Best Rap Solo Performance in 1992 and 1997.

“I’m thrilled to be part of Music’s Biggest Night,” LL said in a statement. “I will always have fond memories of my first Grammy Awards and to now be hosting the Grammy show, in the company of so many other incredible artists, is a dream come true.”

This year’s Grammys — the 54th, for those keeping count at home — are scheduled to air on CBS at 8PM EST on Sunday, Feb. 12. The confirmed performance lineup includes Jason Aldean, Kelly Clarkson, Foo Fighters, Bruno Mars, Nicki Minaj, and Taylor Swift.

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