01/18/2012 11:51 am ET

LL Cool J Grammy Awards: Rapper To Host 54th Annual Grammys

LL Cool J was announced on Wednesday as the first host Grammy Awards host since Queen Latifah commanded the show in 2005.

The two-time Grammy Award winner, who has hosted the live Grammy nominations concert every year since 2008, is ecstatic about taking on the role.

"I'm thrilled to be part of Music's Biggest Night," he said in a statement, according to People.com. "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."

In addition to his Grammy preparation, Cool J is appearing in episodes of NCIS: Los Angeles as Sam Hanna.

Tune in to the 54th Annual Grammy Awards on February 12 to find out which awards Adele and Kanye West take home, and of course, judge Cool J's hosting abilities. For more, click over to People.com.