Rapper is first star in seven years to front US music event

LL Cool J has been announced to host the forthcoming 2012 Grammy Awards.

The rapper will be the first official host to front the 54th annual US music event at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on February 12, in seven years.

He said:

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 is a dream come true.

The rapper has fronted the nominations for the Grammys since 2008. In previous years a string of guest presenters have anchored the main event.

Kanye West leads this year’s nominations, with seven nods while Foo Fighters are just behind him with six.

Adele is also among the nominees, shortlisted for Album Of The Year for ‘21’ and Best Solo Pop performance.

Performers at the event will also include Foo Fighters, Lady Gaga and Nicki Minaj.

The Beach Boys, who announced their comeback last month, have also hinted that they may perform at the event, with guitarist Al Jardine promising a “surprise” which will be “very exciting”.

For more information go to Grammy.com.