LL Cool J Signs on as First Grammy Awards Host in Nearly a Decade
Perhaps you hadn’t noticed, but the Grammy Awards have been operating without a host for the last seven years. That’s long enough as far as the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences is concerned, and to prove it, they’ve gone out and enlisted the services of all-world MC LL Cool J, who has spent the last four years hosting the Grammys’ live nominations concert show.
LL Cool J will be the first person to host the event since Queen Latifah did it back in 2005, and will become part of a tradition that includes previous hosts such as Jon Stewart, Billy Crystal, Ellen DeGeneres and Rosie O’Donnell. He owns a pair of Grammys himself, picking up wins for Best Rap Solo Performance in 1992 and 1997.
“I’m thrilled to be part of Music’s Biggest Night,” LL 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.”