LL Cool J to host Grammys on CBSby jmaloni
Two-time Grammy Award winner and "NCIS: Los Angeles" star LL Cool J is set to host The 54th Annual Grammy Awards, marking the first time in seven years that the music industry's premier event will have an official host. "Music's Biggest Night" takes place live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 12 (8 to 11:30 p.m.) on the CBS Television Network.
"I'm thrilled to be a part of music's biggest night," LL Cool J said. "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 going to be a great night."
LL Cool J has hosted "The Grammy Nominations Concert Live! — Countdown to Music's Biggest Night" since its inception in December 2008, and this is his first time hosting the annual Grammy Awards broadcast.
LL Cool J joins previously announced performers and current Grammy nominees Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson, Foo Fighters, Bruno Mars, Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift. Aldean and Minaj will perform on the Grammy broadcast for the first time, while Clarkson, Foo Fighters, Mars and Swift are returning to the Grammy stage. Additional performers, presenters and special segments will be announced soon.