Rapper and NCIS: Los Angeles actor LL Cool J has been confirmed as the host of this year’s Grammy Awards. The news was announced this past Wednesday by the Recording Academy, marking the Academy’s first host for the big event in seven years. Set to perform at the awards night is singer Jason Aldean, pop star Taylor Swift, Kelly Clarkson, The Foo Fighters, Bruno Mars and rapper Nicki Minaj. Singer Kanye West is currently leading the night’s nominations in seven categories, along with the Foo Fighters, Bruno Mars, and Adele.
A two-time Grammy Award winner, LL Cool J announced his happiness over taking on the hosting duties for the night. “I’m thrilled to be a part of music’s biggest night. 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.” The 54th annual Grammy Awards is slated to air on February 12th, taking place in Los Angeles. The event will broadcast live on the CBS Network.
LL Cool J’s acting credits include the movie The Deal, a guest stint on 30 Rock, The Man, Last Holiday, Edison, and The Slow Burn.