LL Cool J returning as Grammys host

LL Cool J is returning to host the Grammy Awards for the second time.

LL Cool J
LL Cool J

LL Cool J is returning to host the Grammy Awards.

The 47-year-old rapper has been confirmed as presenter of the 57th Grammy Awards, the second time he has fronted the prestigious ceremony, which takes place on February 8.

In addition to announcing him as host, CBS have also revealed Pharrell Williams, Sam Smith - both of whom lead the nominations alongside Beyonce with six nods - Usher, and Miranda Lambert will join the previously-unveiled Madonna, AC/DC, Ariana Grande, Eric Church and Ed Sheeran in performing at the ceremony.

Also, Common and John Legend will sing their Golden Globe-winning track 'Glory', which is taken from Oscar-nominated movie 'Selma'.

Trailing narrowly behind Pharrell, Sam and Beyonce, Iggy Azalea, Beck, Eric Church, engineer Tom Coyne, Drake, Gordon Goodwin, Jay Z, Miranda Lambert, Sia, Usher and Jack White have all been nominated for four prizes each.

The Grammy Awards take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and will broadcast live on CBS.

The ceremony will mark rock legends AC/DC's first appearance on US television in over 14 years and it will be the first time the 'Highway to Hell' hitmakers have played the awards show.

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