2012 Grammys: LL Cool J Is the First Host Since 2005


By Jocelyn Vena

The Grammys surprised us when they didn't give Kanye West a nod for Album of the Year, but turns out The Recording Academy also has some more tricks up their sleeves for the 2012 awards show. On Wednesday (January 18) LL Cool J, who has previously hosted the Grammy nominations concert, was been announced as the official host of the February 12 broadcast.

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"I'm thrilled to be part of Music's Biggest Night," LL said in a statement, according to People.com. He's hosted the nominations concert every year since 2008. "I will always have fond memories of my first Grammys Awards and to now be hosting the Grammy show, in the company of so many other incredible artists, is a dream come true."

This marks the first time someone has hosted the show since 2005 when Queen Latifah was on hand as the night's emcee. The news of his hosting gig comes one week after it was announced that a slew of eclectic performers were added to the night's bill. Nicki Minaj, Foo Fighters and Taylor Swift join Kelly Clarkson, Jason Aldean and Bruno Mars as some of the lucky nominees who will also take the stage at the show.

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Earlier this month it had been rumored that six-time nominee Adele might take the stage at the big show. It would mark her first public performance since her vocal surgery in November. More performers, presenters and special segments will be announced in the coming weeks. The show airs live from Los Angeles on CBS next month.