Rapper and "NCIS: Los Angeles" star LL Cool J has been officially named the host of the Grammy Awards.
The news was announced on January 18 and LL Cool J will be the first official host of the ceremony in seven years.
"I'm thrilled to be part of Music's Biggest Night," LL Cool J 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. Great performances and great music -- it's gonna be a great night!"
This will be his first time hosting the event. He previously hosted the "GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live" in 2008. The last host of the Grammy Awards was rapper and actress Queen Latifah in 2005.
Some performers for the event have already been named by The Recording Academy and include Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars and the Foo Fighters.
Kanye West leads the nomination pack with 7 nods with Adele behind him with six nominations.
The 2012 Grammy Awards ceremony is set to take place on Feb. 12, 2012 and airs live on CBS that day at 8 p.m. ET. Check out the list of nominees here.