LL Cool J to Host Grammy Awards

LL Cool J Grammys 2010 - H 2012
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LL Cool J Grammys 2010 - H 2012

The rapper and "NCIS: Los Angeles" star will emcee the ceremony Feb. 12.

The Grammy Awards has announced its first host in seven years: LL Cool J.

"I'm thrilled to be part of music's biggest night," the rapper-actor and two-time Grammy winner said Wednesday 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 going to be a great night."

PHOTOS: 54th Annual Grammy Nominees

Queen Latifah was the show's last host, back in 2005. LL Cool J, who stars on the CBS prodecural NCIS: Los Angeles, has hosted the event's nominations concert show since 2008.

The telecast for the 54th Annual Grammys, set for Feb. 12 on CBS, will be broadcast live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Performers were announced last week and include nominees Taylor Swift, Foo Fighters, Kelly Clarkson, Nicki Minaj and Bruno Mars.