The Grammy Awards has announced that actor/rapper LL Cool J will host this year's 54th annual ceremony. The performer (whose rap initials stand for "Ladies Love Cool James") is a two-time Grammy winner and has hosted the Grammy Nominations Concert since it began in 2008.
LL (whose real name is James Smith) is promising viewers of this year's telecast a big night.
"I'm thrilled to be part of music's biggest night," he said in a statement. “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!"
It's been a few years since the show has had an official host. Queen Latifah hosted the 47th Grammy Awards in 2005, and Jon Stewart hosted the 43rd and 44th telecasts. Other hosts have included Billy Crystal, Ellen DeGeneres and Rosie O'Donnell.
(Via The Marquee Blog)