ll-cool-j-230-.jpgLL Cool J will host the 2012 Grammy Awards, and this is the first time in 7 years that the show will have an official host.

"I'm thrilled to be part of Music's Biggest Night," the rapper said in a statement. "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."

LL Cool J has hosted the live Grammy nominations concert show each year since 2008, and Queen Latifah was the most recent host of the Grammys, back in 2005.

The Grammys will air on February 12 on CBS at 8pm, and artists and nominees including Kelly Clarkson, Foo Fighters, Bruno Mars, Nicki Minaj, and Taylor Swift are slated to perform.