Sound Check

LL Cool J to host 54th Annual Grammy Awards

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The Grammys are trying to send a message: They can be hip too.

CBS has confirmed that for the first time in seven years, there will be a host rather than an omnipresent narrator.  Their star: Two-time Grammy winner, LL Cool J, will host the show on Feb. 12.

This isn't the first time LL has been part of the Grammy franchise and as his award winning lyric goes, "don't call it a comeback, I've been here for years!" Since 2008, he has proved himself as a talented host while presenting the "Grammy Nominations Concert Live! Countdown to Music's Biggest Night." His charming personality and camaraderie with fellow musicians is fun to watch and will make for entertaining television.

In a statement released on the Grammy website, the rapper expressed his excitement saying, "I'm thrilled to be part of Music's Biggest Night, 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 gonna be a great night!"

Previous hosting duties have fallen on popular musicians like Queen Latifah and comedians like Jon Stewart, Billy Crystal and Ellen DeGeneres. Be sure to tune in for LL's hosting skills and watch for notable Canadian acts up for the coveted music trophy, including: Arcade Fire, Drake, Sum 41, Deadmau5 and Melanie Fiona.

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