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How Many Times Has LL Cool J Hosted The Grammys?

January 22nd, 2015 10:57am EST
LL Cool J
LL Cool J is hosting the Grammy Awards for the fourth consecutive time. The 57th Annual Grammy Awards will take place on Feb. 8 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif.

Recording Academy President/Chief Executive Officer Neil Portnow said in a statement: "As both a Grammy-winning recording artist and an accomplished actor, LL Cool J's wide range of talent, dynamic personality and charismatic energy make him the perfect choice to host the Grammy Awards. His unique expertise allows him to set the right tone for the show and connect with everyone -- from his musical peers to fans at home....

25 Celebrity Republicans - Some May Shock You

September 25th, 2014 11:44am EDT
25 Celebrity Republicans - Some May Shock You
Let's face it - Hollywood attracts a lot of Democrats. Many stars champion gay rights, environmental causes and other issues that are important for that political party.

But there are plenty of Republicans in Tinseltown. Some are less vocal about their political views, while others are conservative and proud.

Former Disney star Hilary Duff performed at George W. Bush's 2005 inauguration and is a registered Republican. The singer/actress is dropping a new pop album in October and recently told the press she's open to a "Lizzie McGuire" reunion.

Former "Beverly Hills, 90210...

5 Big-Time Rappers Whose Stock Needs A Lift

April 29th, 2014 10:30pm EDT
50 Cent
Sometimes artists go through a dry spell. In rap in particular, hotness just doesn’t last forever. I mean, wouldn’t LL Cool J still be a hot commodity commercially if that were the case (no shade LL, no shade)? Here, I have identified five big-time rappers who need good things to happen for them in the near-future/future. One or two names may be surprising, but there is a rationale for all five. Hear a bro out!


Reason for being here: Inconsistent albums in the 10s; ‘less fire’ where rhymes are concerned

Man, how I hate to put T.I. on this list. The ATL MC is one of my favorites,...

LL Cool J Gives Brad Paisley Credit For Talking About Slavery In 'Accidental Racist'

April 10th, 2013 6:40pm EDT
LL Cool J
LL Cool J insists "Accidental Racist," his new song with Brad Paisley, was meant to "shake things up," and he is unphased by the controversy the tune has generated.

On Monday, critics accused the rapper and country star of trivalizing slavery with the song, which includes lyrics such as: "I try to put myself in your shoes and that's a good place to begin. Now my chains are gold but I'm still misunderstood. I want you to get paid but be a slave I never could... I'd love to buy you a beer, conversate and clear the air but I see that red flag and I think you wish I wasn't here."

LL responded...

Brad Paisley Defends Controversial Song 'Accidental Racist,' Insists It's Not A Stunt

April 9th, 2013 8:25pm EDT
Brad Paisley
The internet is buzzing about Brad Paisley's collaboration with LL Cool J on the new track "Accidental Racist." The tune details the tensions of the south and the rapper's experiences in New York City. Some don't like the song's "Southern pride" message.

The tune starts: "To the man that waited on me at the Starbucks down on Main, I hope you understand. When I put on that T-shirt, the only thing I meant to say is I'm a Skynyrd fan. The red flag on my chest somehow is like the elephant in the corner of the South."

The country star later sings: "I try to put myself in your shoes and that's ...

Kerry Washington Wins Big At NAACP Awards - See Red Carpet Pics!

February 2nd, 2013 9:36am EST
Kerry Washington
Kerry Washington took top honors on Friday night at the 2013 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Image Awards.
The actress, 36, won three awards: Best Supporting Actress ("Django Unchained"), Best Actress in a Drama Series ("Scandal") and President's Award for her public service work on behalf of President Barack Obama.

Washington is the first African-American woman to lead the cast of a primetime drama since Diahann Carroll in "Julia" over 30 years ago. Carroll gushed: "I think she's enjoying one of the great moments of her life right now in our industry."...

LL Cool J Forgives Dad For Shooting His Mother

January 28th, 2013 6:30pm EST
LL Cool J
Rapper/actor LL Cool J has forgiven his dad for shooting his mother and grandfather and leaving them for dead when he was only four years old.

Truck driver James Nunya shot his father-in-law Eugene in the stomach and estranged wife Ondrea in the back out of frustration over the couple's divorce in 1972, when the Grammy winner and awards host was just a young boy.

Both relatives survived their injuries, and the NCIS: Los Angeles star insists he has since made peace with his dad - even though he was initially reluctant to allow him back into his life.

During an interview on Oprah's Next...

LL Cool J Opens Up About Being Horribly Beaten As A Child

January 26th, 2013 1:00pm EST
LL Cool J
In a new TV interview, LL Cool J admits he was physically and emotionally abused for years by his mother's ex-boyfriend.

LL, real name James Smith, first opened up about his difficult childhood in his 1998 memoir "I Make My Own Rules," claiming his mother's former live-in boyfriend Roscoe started abusing him when he was only four years old.
The "NCIS: Los Angeles" star wrote, "Living with Roscoe was like being a little kid who gets to play in the daisy field every day. But every evening that kid has to go home and sleep in a cemetery with a dragon. It was the most horrible experience. I ...

Celebrities Reveal What They Have Planned For The Holidays

December 22nd, 2012 11:06am EST
Selena Gomez
In many ways, celebrities are just like regular folk, including how they spend the holidays.

LL Cool J said he plans on eating - A LOT.  He told ET online, "Just stick my face in the plate as deep as possible."

"Twilight" star Kristen Stewart says she loves Christmas and is looking forward to having some time off because she's been so busy working. The actress spent November promoting "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2" and is also busy promoting "On The Road."

"Les Miserables" star Amanda Seyfriend is going home to spend time with her family. "We're going to be opening presents ...

50 Hottest Celebrity Guys Of 2012

December 8th, 2012 8:33am EST
Hottest Guys of 2012
Who are the sexiest guys in music, film and television? We narrowed our picks down to 50 in our annual list, spotlighting those who made our hearts skip a beat when we watched them perform.

Channing Tatum and Matthew McConaughey bared quite a bit in "Magic Mike," while "The Avengers" actors got our blood flowing with their explosive action scenes.

We lusted after Chris Hemsworth in "Snow White And The Huntsmans" and felt a little bit giddy when rumors swirled that Justin Bieber broke up with Selena Gomez (he didn't.)

British imports The Wanted and One Direction also caught our fancy, as ...

Taylor Swift Beatboxes With LL Cool J At Grammy Nominations - Watch

December 6th, 2012 5:03pm EST
Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift beatboxed and LL Cool J sang during the Grammy Nominations last night - and it reminded us why LL Cool J sticks to rapping and Swift sticks to singing.

LL pleaded with Swift to beatbox while he sang her song Mean in front of the audience. "This is going to be terrible," she correctly predicts before laying down a beat in a manner that assures no one else will want to use her microphone. Meanwhile, LL Cool J sounded like he could have used some singing lessons.

Still, the audience squealed in delight, perhaps at the pure audaciousness of it all, or the fact it was all in good ...

Taylor Swift To Co-Host Grammy Announcements Special With LL Cool J

October 30th, 2012 2:37pm EDT
Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift is to co-host the 2012 Grammy Nominations Concert Live with LL Cool J.

The big show, scheduled for December 5, is likely to be extra special for Swift as she is almost sure to snag a handful of nods for her new album, "Red."

The Grammy nominations announcement show will take place in Nashville, Tennessee for the first time.

Swift and LL Cool J co-hosted the event together back in 2008.

Luke Bryan will perform during the TV special, alongside Maroon 5.

Chris O'Donnell Opens Up About LL Cool J's Home Invasion

September 14th, 2012 7:16pm EDT
Chris O'Donnell and LL Cool J
Actor Chris O'Donnell and his TV cop partner LL Cool J were talking about their home invasion fears just weeks before the rapper-turned-actor apprehended an intruder in his house.

A burglary in O'Donnell's neighbourhood prompted the NCIS: Los Angeles stars to start up a conversation about their break-in fears on the set - but the Batman & Robin star had no idea he would be revisiting the subject matter so soon after his pal had to confront 56-year-old Jonathan Kirby in his Studio City, California home last month.

O' Donnell says, "Someone in my neighbourhood had been broken in and I was t...

LL Cool J Burglary Suspect Pleads Not Guilty

August 29th, 2012 7:01pm EDT
LL Cool J
A man accused of breaking into LL Cool J's California home has pleaded not guilty to a first degree burglary charge.

The rapper, real name James Todd Smith, confronted 56-year-old Jonathan Kirby last week after finding the intruder at his family property in Studio City.

A physical altercation occurred and the muscular star, who portrays a former Navy SEAL on TV crime drama NCIS: Los Angeles, managed to restrain Kirby and detain him until police arrived on the scene to take the suspect into custody.

Kirby, who suffered a broken nose, jaw and ribs in the fight, was charged with first degre...

LL Cool J Gave Home Intruder Two Black Eyes, Broken Nose

August 29th, 2012 8:22am EDT
LL Cool J
Last week, criminal Jonathan Kirby snuck into LL Cool J's home at 2 a.m., and the rapper/actor took immediate action. New photos show that LL gave the man two black eyes and broke his nose.

Kirby allegedly set off the "NCIS: Los Angeles" star's alarm system, which woke the actor up. LL then discovered the intruder and was able to detain him until police arrived. And sometimes detaining someone takes brute force. published a photo of the 56-year-old invader, wearing a prison jump suit and sporting two ugly looking black eyes.

Kirby pled not guilty to first-degree burglary with a pe...

LL Cool J Burglary Suspect Faces Up To 38 Years In Prison

August 24th, 2012 8:37am EDT
LL Cool J
A man arrested for allegedly breaking into LL Cool J's California home is facing a lengthy prison sentence after he was charged with first degree burglary.

The rapper, real name James Todd Smith, confronted 56-year-old Jonathan Kirby in the early hours of Wednesday after finding the intruder at his family property in Studio City.

A physical altercation occurred and the muscular star, who portrays a former Navy SEAL on TV crime drama NCIS: Los Angeles, managed to restrain Kirby and detain him until police arrived on the scene.

The suspect was arrested and admitted to the hospital to re...

LL Cool J 'Safe' After His Home Invasion Altercation

August 23rd, 2012 8:30am EDT
LL Cool J
LL Cool J has assured his fans he is "safe" and uninjured after he was embroiled in an altercation with an intruder at his home on Wednesday.

The hip-hop star confronted a burglar at his property in Studio City, California in the early hours of Wednesday morning, and after grappling with the man, he was able to apprehend him until the authorities arrived. It has now been revealed the star's family was at home with him at the time of the incident and it was his young daughter who alerted police as her father held the man in the kitchen.

Los Angeles police Sgt. Frank Preciado says, "A phy...

LL Cool J Apprehends Burglar

August 22nd, 2012 11:19am EDT
LL Cool J
LL Cool J came face-to-face with an intruder at his home in Los Angeles on Wednesday morning and managed to detain the suspect until police arrived.

The rapper/actor, who stars as tough agent Sam Hanna in NCIS: Los Angeles, played a real life hero when he was confronted by a man in the early hours of the morning after hearing a commotion downstairs.

LL Cool J grappled with the suspect and was able to detain him until officers from the Los Angeles Police Department arrived on the scene, according to

The unnamed suspect was arrested on suspicion of burglary.

LL Cool J Honored For His Charity Work

June 12th, 2012 8:24am EDT
LL Cool J
Rapper LL Cool J was honored in Los Angeles on Saturday in recognition of his charity work.

The Luv U Better hit-maker was the star guest at the Butterfly Ball in aid of the Chrysalis organization, which helps the homeless gain employment.

LL Cool J is a longtime supporter of the foundation, even donating his own designer clothing to the charity for those in need - and he was honored for his dedication at the star-studded bash.

Speaking of his involvement with the cause, he tells online magazine Society News L.A., "What's really cool about it, when people have a job interview, they ca...

No Shows, Scrapped Performances,Tribute Songs & More At Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony

April 15th, 2012 10:30am EDT
Beastie Boys
The Beastie Boys were forced to scrap a planned performance at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Cleveland, Ohio on Saturday night when rapper Adam 'MCA' Yauch pulled out of the event.

The trio was saluted by rap heavyweights Chuck D and LL Cool J but only Mike Diamond and Adam Horovitz were on hand to accept the accolade.

Hours before the ceremony the group's publicist released a statement which read: "Beastie Boys regret that Adam 'MCA' Yauch will be unable to join Mike 'Mike D' Diamond and Adam 'Adrock' Horovitz at the band's induction into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame...

'The Help' Dominated NAACP Awards While Stars Honored Whitney Houston

February 18th, 2012 9:55am EST
The Help
Critically-acclaimed drama "The Help" was the toast of the 2012 NAACP Image Awards on Friday after landing three top honors.

The movie adaptation of Kathryn Stockett's bestselling book of the same name was crowned Outstanding Motion Picture, seeing off competition from "Pariah," "Tower Heist," "Jumping the Broom" and "The First Grader."

Viola Davis scooped the Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture prize, while her co-star Octavia Spencer was presented with the Outstanding Supporting Actress award at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) ceremony in Los A...

LL Cool J, Chris Brown & More Backstage At The 54th Annual GRAMMY Gifting Lounge (Video)

February 17th, 2012 8:15am EST
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Before the big awards show took place Sunday night, we hit the official backstage gifting lounge at the GRAMMYs to check out all the cool gear that the stars get hooked up with. We saw everything from interesting PEPSI concoctions (coffee and cola, we do not recommend) to delicate truffles prepared by the same chef who treated the yummy treats to guests of the royal wedding—oh yeah, we’re quite classy. We watched artists like Skyler Grey, Chris Brown, LL Cool J, Wiz Khalifa and Nicki Minaj try on some sweet shades at the Solstice Sunglass Boutique and even saw stars receive a 24-karat gold ...

2012 Grammy Awards Fashion: Some Wore Colors While Most Wore Black On A Bittersweet Evening

February 13th, 2012 12:54pm EST
2012 Grammy Awards
The 2012 Grammy Awards will forever be remembered for one reason: the event took place the night after the music industry lost one of their biggest stars in an untimely fashion: Whitney Houston.

Despite the somber undertones of host LL Cool J's opening prayer for the late singer and a rousing performance of her hit song "I Will Always Love You" by Jennifer Hudson; the night was about the music and the attitude that the show must go on.

As always with award shows, the night is also about the fashion. While many stars wore black - perhaps in honor of the late Houston - many stars let the c...

LL Cool J Named Grammy Host, First In Seven Years

January 18th, 2012 2:56pm EST
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Rap veteran LL Cool J has been named the official host of the 2012 Grammy Awards - the first man to preside over the show in seven years.

The hip-hop star has hosted the live Grammy nominations concert every year since 2008, and now he is taking charge of the awards ceremony.

In a statement, he says, "I'm thrilled to be part of Music's Biggest Night. I will always have fond memories of my first Grammys Awards and to now be hosting the Grammy show, in the company of so many other incredible artists, is a dream come true."

Queen Latifah was the last star to host the event in 2005, while pr...

Kanye West, Adele, Foo Fighters And Bruno Mars Dominate 54th Annual Grammy Awards Nominations

December 1st, 2011 8:24am EST
2012 Grammy Nominations
Kanye West, Adele, Foo Fighters and Bruno Mars will be the ones to watch at the 54th annual Grammy Awards after each landing a slew of top nominations.

The Stronger rapper leads the way with seven nods - his star-studded collaboration All of the Lights is up for Song of the Year and Best Rap Song, while he also earns a nod in the latter category for his Jay-Z duet Otis. The hip-hop stars' Watch The Throne album will also go head-to-head with West's solo disc, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy for Best Rap Album.

Adele is in the running for six honors and her critically-acclaimed project...

LL Cool J To Receive Icon Honor At BET Hip-Hop Awards

September 21st, 2011 8:42am EDT
LL Cool J
Rap veteran LL Cool J is to be honored for his career achievements at the upcoming BET Hip-Hop awards.

The I Need Love hit-maker is to receive the I Am Hip-Hop Icon trophy at the ceremony in Atlanta, Georgia next month, following in the footsteps of legendary artists including Grandmaster Flash, Russell Simmons, Ice Cube and Salt-N-Pepa.

Comedian Mike Epps is to host this year's show when it takes place at the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center on October 1st.

'Modern Family' Dominates The 2011 Primetime Emmy Awards (See List Of Winners)

September 19th, 2011 7:41am EDT
Modern Family
Modern Family came full circle at the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, winning the very first honors of the night and closing the show by topping the prestigious Comedy Series category.

Mad Men looked set to dominate the night, going in with 19 top nominations, and it continued its winning streak for the best drama title for the fourth year in a row.

But the stars of the period drama didn't fair so well - Jon Hamm was a four-time loser for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series - Kyle Chandler claimed that prize for his role in Friday Night Lights, while Julianna Margulies beat t...

TV on DVD: 'NCIS: Los Angeles: The Second Season'

August 25th, 2011 1:12pm EDT
This week, CBS DVD released NCIS: Los Angeles - The Second Season. Here's my review of the six-disc set.

The Show

NCIS: Los Angeles has the potential to be something rare - the successful spinoff of a wildly successful spinoff of a successful TV series. While it hasn't quite caught my attention the way NCIS did, it's got a solid core in its two leads, James Todd Smith (aka LL Cool J) and Chris O'Donnell (who will always be Robin in Batman Forever to me), and recent Teen Choice Award winner Linda Hunt (The Unit). It's not reinventing the wheel, but I believe there's a place on televisi...

Stars Send Out Prayers For Sean Kingston

May 30th, 2011 11:00am EDT
Sean Kingston
A host of R&B and rap superstars including Rihanna, Lil Wayne and LL Cool J have asked fans to pray for Sean Kingston, who was left seriously injured in a jet-ski accident on Sunday.

The Beautiful Girls hitmaker is reportedly in a critical condition after his jet-ski smashed into a bridge in Miami, Florida.

According to, Kingston and his female passenger were rescued by the Miami Fire Department and the singer's condition was so severe he is being treated in a trauma ward.

His peers in urban music took to their pages after hearing the sad news, passing on their bes...

Tonight's TV Hot List: Sunday, Jan. 30, 2011

January 30th, 2011 9:52am EST
The Screen Actors Guild Awards | Photo Credits: The Screen Actor
Screen Actors Guild Awards
8/7c TBS, TNT
Actors honor their artistic peers for outstanding cinematic and television performances at the 17th annual glitzfest from the Shrine Exposition Center in Los Angeles. A high note of the evening is likely to be a salute to Oscar-winning veteran actor Ernest Borgnine, who receives the Life Achievement Award for his career achievements and humanitarian accomplishments. The star-bright collection of presenters includes Alec Baldwin, Jeff Bridges, LL Cool J, Amy Poehler, Rosario Dawson, Eva Longoria, Hilary Swank and Betty White. — Dean Maurer

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