L.L. Cool J to host Grammy Awards for the fifth time


L.L. Cool J is to host the Grammy Awards for the fifth consecutive year in 2016.

The 47-year-old star is “honoured” to have been asked to front the star-studded music ceremony once again and he cannot wait for another “incredible night” at the event on 15 February at Los Angeles’ Staples Center.

He said: “The performances and moments that take place on the Grammy stage are awesome in so many ways for the audience and artists alike.

“I’m honoured once again to host Music’s Biggest Night as we celebrate the talented music creators of today. It’s going to be an incredible night and I’m excited to share this experience with the world.”

Recording Academy president Neil Portnow is pleased L.L. – whose name stands for Ladies Love Cool James – is returning to host the event for a fifth year, and praised his “dynamic personality” and “charismatic energy” while presenting the previous Grammy Awards.

He said: “We are delighted to welcome back the very talented L.L. Cool J as our host for the 58th Grammys.

“His unique expertise, both as a Grammy-winning recording artist and accomplished actor, allows him to connect with both his musical peers and the fans at home, and his dynamic personality and charismatic energy set the perfect tone for our show.”

There were several highlights from the Grammys in February, including Kanye West jokingly crashing Beck’s Album of the Year acceptance speech after he beat Beyoncé Knowles to the prize.

Neil later described the stunt as a “fun moment”.

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