LL Cool J To Host The 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards

posted Wednesday January 18, 2012 at 12:38AM PST | 16 comments

LL Cool J To Host The 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards

Cool James becomes the first person to host the award ceremony in seven years.

Two-time winner LL Cool J has been tapped to host the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards, making it the first time in seven years that the Academy has enlisted a host.

"I'm thrilled to be part of Music's Biggest Night," said LL. "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. Great performances and great music — it's gonna be a great night!"

LL has hosted "The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown To Music's Biggest Night" since it began in December 2008. He has been nominated nine times, and won in the Best Rap Solo Performance category in 1992 and 1997 for "Mama Said Knock You Out" and "Hey Lover," respectively.

The event will take place on February 12th at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, and will be aired on CBS from 8-11:30 p.m.

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