LL Cool J will be first to host the Grammy Awards in seven years

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LL Cool J will be first to host the Grammy Awards in seven years

LOS ANGELES - Rapper and “NCIS: Los Angeles” actor LL Cool J will be the first official host of the Grammy Awards in seven years, the Recording Academy said on Wednesday.

“I’m thrilled to be a part of music’s biggest night,” said the two-time Grammy winner. “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.”

LL Cool J, who has been the host of the Grammy nominations concert since its first live broadcast in 2008, is the first MC of the awards program since 2005, when Queen Latifah headlined. Since then, music’s biggest night has foregone a host.

He will lead a star-studded lineup of performances, including country singer Taylor Swift, pop singer Kelly Clarkson, rockers The Foo Fighters, R&B singer Bruno Mars and rapper Nicki Minaj.

The awards show will be held on Feb. 12. Reuters
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