The Grammy organization announced Thursday that rapper LL has signed on as the main host.
Ordinarily I'd be alarmed if the words "rapper" and "host" were used in the same sentence. However, unlike most modern rappers, LL Cool J is actually articulate and charming. He’s handsome in a hyper-masculine, but gentle, kind of way. Plus, if he's sort of a rap icon, with classics such as “I Can't Live Without My Radio,” “Goin’ Back to Cali” and “Mama Said Knock You Out.”
Recently, LL Cool J has gained new fans as a movie and television actor. Plus, he's a fitness expert with several body toning and weight loss books available in book stores.
The real question, however, is "Can LL Cool J be an engaging, dynamic host for what has become a boring, predictable broadcast? I definitely think so. Rap is an art form that relies on spontaneity and speedy retorts. With his street and stage background, LL Cool J should be able to deftly respond to the quirks of the show with a quick wit.
For the past three years, Grammy producers have relied on a carousel of presenters rather than an actual host. Those shows lacked cohesion. A host should remedy that.
It's always great when a musical artist -- especially one with Grammys of his own -- can host a music show like this. It will bring authenticity to the broadcast. Can't wait!