LL Cool J named host of the 54th annual Grammy Awards; joins performers Foo Fighters, Nicki Minaj, Taylor Swift
LL Cool J will host the 54th annual Grammy Awards, marking the first time the music awards show has featured a host in seven years.
The move makes sense for several reasons: LL Cool J has hosted The Grammy Nominations Concert Live since its inception three years ago; he’s a two-time Grammy winner himself, and then, of course, The Grammys air on CBS and LL Cool J stars in “NCIS Los Angeles,” which runs on CBS. Plus, he’s a fun and genial host with a broad appeal.
Past hosts include Billy Crystal, Ellen DeGeneres and Rosie O’Donnell. However, for the last several years, the Grammys used a voice-over to announce presenters with no host.
The Grammys will be broadcast live on Sunday, Feb. 12, 8 ET and are tape-delayed for the west coast. Just a brief aside: the Grammys are the only major awards show that doesn’t air live on the West Coast. We’d love to see that change.