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LL Cool J Named Grammy Host; Show’s First Emcee In 7 Years

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LL Cool J poses at the Grammy Nominations Concert in Los Angeles on November 30, 2011. AFP PHOTO/VALERIE MACON (credit: VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)

LL Cool J poses at the Grammy Nominations Concert in Los Angeles on November 30, 2011. AFP PHOTO/VALERIE MACON (credit: VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – After seven years with a no-host format, the Grammys will have an emcee — LL Cool J.

The Grammy-winning rapper and actor says the Feb. 12 broadcast is “gonna be a great night” and says his hosting duties are a dream come true.

The Recording Academy has already named some performers — the Foo Fighters, Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars and Jason Aldean.

While it will be LL Cool J’s first time hosting the Grammys. He has hosted the live Grammy nominations concert since it began in 2008.

The Grammys will be broadcast on CBS from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The rap legend is a star on the network’s “NCIS: Los Angeles.”

The Recording Academy seems to have a thing for rappers-turned-actors. The last host of the Grammys was Queen Latifah.

Tune into The Grammys on CBS at 8 p.m. on Sunday, February 12. Follow the festivities online at CBSNewYork.com.

For information on how you could win a trip to the Grammys, click here.

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