LL Cool J to host Grammys
Published: January 18, 2012 02:30PM
Updated: January 18, 2012 11:34AM


LL Cool J is set to host the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards, marking the first time in seven years that the event will have an official host.

The Grammys take place live on Sunday, Feb. 12, at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles and will be broadcast on the CBS .

"I'm thrilled to be part of Music's Biggest Night," said Ladies Love Cool James in a press release. “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!"

Recent past hosts include Queen Latifah at the 47th GRAMMY Awards and Jon Stewart for the 43rd and 44th GRAMMY telecasts. Over the years, additional GRAMMY hosts include Billy Crystal, Ellen DeGeneres and Rosie O'Donnell, among others.

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 telecast for the first time, while Clarkson, Foo Fighters, Mars, and Swift are returning to the GRAMMY stage.