LL Cool J to Host 2012 Grammy Awards -- First Time in Seven Years Show Has Had a Host
LL Cool J to Host 2012 Grammy Awards -- First Time in Seven Years Show Has Had a Host

Two-time Grammy winner 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.

The show takes place live on Sunday, Feb. 12, at Staples Center in Los Angeles and will be broadcast on CBS from 8 - 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT). Additional performers, presenters and special segments will be announced soon.

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"I'm thrilled to be part of Music's Biggest Night," the MC 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 gonna be a great night!"

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LL Cool J has hosted "The Grammy Nominations Concert Live!! - Countdown To Music's Biggest Night" since its inception in December 2008, and this will be his first time hosting the annual Grammy Awards telecast.

The MC 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 stage.

The 54th Annual Grammy Awards are produced by John Cossette Productions and AEG Ehrlich Ventures for The Recording Academy. Ken Ehrlich is executive producer, Louis J. Horvitz is director, and David Wild and Ken Ehrlich are the writers.