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LL Cool J Is Named the First Grammys Host in 7 Years

LL Cool J Is Named the First Grammys Host in 7 Years

Originally posted 01/18/2012 05:55AM

For the first time in seven years, the 2012 Grammy Awards will have an official host this year, and has asked two-time Grammy winner LL Cool J to do the honors.

The rapper, who turned 44 this week, has hosted the live Grammy nominations concert show each year since 2008. This is his first time taking the reins of the award show itself.

"I'm thrilled to be part of Music's Biggest Night," he said 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."

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Eminem Prank Calls LL Cool J During Radio Show

Originally posted 06/12/2008 01:45PM



Eminem resurfaced Tuesday night on his Sirius Satellite radio station, Shade 45, to play a joke on fellow rapper LL Cool J, during a segment on Tony Touch's Toca Tuesday show, MTVnews.com reports.

LL Cool J was a guest on the show, when fan calls began to pour in. One caller identified himself as "Jason from Miami." Jason, a self-proclaimed "die hard LL fan" challenged the rap pioneer to a game of Name That Tune with Cool J's own lyrics.

"I don't know if I'll be able to do it, but I'll try … I'll play the game with you! Why not?" Cool J laughed as 'Jason' began to recite rhymes. Cool J immediately recognized the first line from his song "Eat Em Up L Chill."

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LL Cool J: Mr. Nice Guy | LL Cool J

LL Cool J: Mr. Nice Guy

Originally posted 10/11/2004 06:00AM

Most of the celebs who dine at cozy New York eatery Friend of a Farmer – Uma Thurman, Winona Ryder and Jimmy Fallon have all stopped in recently – like the restaurant's low-key vibe. Not so with LL Cool J, who showed up for a blueberry pancake breakfast last week. "He was signing autographs and talking to everyone. He went out of his way to be nice to everybody," says a spy of the rapper-actor. "When he left, he got into a big limo that was waiting outside and waved to the crowd." LL (real name: James Todd Smith) returns to the big screen in Justin Timberlake's movie debut, Edison, due next year.

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They Said What? for May 11

Originally posted 05/11/2004 9:00AM

• "I slept outside the producer's door every day on the set, begging him to let me live. And it worked. I made history, baby!"– Mindhunters' LL Cool J, on being what he calls the first black man to survive a thriller (in Deep Blue Sea)

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Daily Insider for February 6, 2004

Originally posted 02/05/2004 10:26AM

February 6, 2004 WILL JUSTIN GET NAKED? Unless you've been under a rock, by now you've seen Justin Timberlake pulling off a crucial piece of Janet Jackson's costume during the Super Bowl halftime show. But will the singer himself strip down in his autobiography, which is being designed by the same person who did Madonna's explicit 1992 book, Sex? "God, no," says his literary rep, David Vigliano. "But I think there'll be some very dynamic, very provocative, very beautiful photography – and all never-before-seen images." That must mean Janet won't be featured.

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LL Cool J on the Women in His Life

Originally posted 02/05/2004 10:26AM

Grammy nominee LL Cool J, who's up for best rap/song collaboration category (for "Luv U Better") tells PEOPLE that he's hoping things go smoothly at this Sunday's big event -- just as was the case those previous times he's attended the ceremony.

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LL Cool J Faces Down D.C. Sniper Fears

Originally posted 10/21/2002 11:00AM

LL Cool J (whose name stands for Ladies Love Cool James) proved this weekend that he knows how to treat women, even when there are nearly 10,000 of them screaming for him, PEOPLE reports.

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L.L. Cool J Concert Gets Too Hot

Originally posted 08/13/2002 01:00PM

Police shut down the rapper's Southern California concert when rival gangs interrupt the show and begin clubbing people with metal bars.

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Cool J: Clothes Make the Rollerballer

Originally posted 02/06/2002 12:10PM

The rapper-actor, who stars in the new remake of "Rollerball," contributes to the look of the movie, especially as far as the costumes are concerned.

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Cool J Acts Cool

Originally posted 04/17/1998 12:00AM

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