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LL Cool J, T.I. rap a song from 'The Music Man' with Hugh Jackman at the Tonys

LL Cool J, T.I. rap a song from 'The Music Man' with Hugh Jackman at the Tonys

NEW YORK, June 9 (UPI) --Hugh Jackman enlisted the help of rappers LL Cool J and T.I. to update a song from "The Music Man" at the Tony Awards ceremony in New York Sunday night.
Karen Butler
Justin Timberlake, Jimmy Fallon reunite for latest 'History of Rap' [VIDEO]

Justin Timberlake, Jimmy Fallon reunite for latest 'History of Rap' [VIDEO]

NEW YORK, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Jimmy Fallon capped off his first week hosting the "Tonight Show" with an installment of his popular bits with Justin Timberlake.
Kate Stanton
Paige Turco to join 'NCIS: New Orleans' cast

Paige Turco to join 'NCIS: New Orleans' cast

HOLLYWOOD, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- Paige Turco joins cast of "NCIS: New Orleans" to play the wife of Scott Bakula's Special Agent Pride.
Annie Martin
Daft Punk, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis win big at Grammys

Daft Punk, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis win big at Grammys

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Daft Punk's "Random Access Memories" was declared Album of the Year at the Grammy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles Sunday night.
LL Cool J talks Grammys hosting gig: 'I have to be myself'

LL Cool J talks Grammys hosting gig: 'I have to be myself'

Jan. 26 (UPI) -- The rapper and actor will host the annual ceremony for the third time in a row.
Kate Stanton
Madonna, Billie Joe Armstrong to perform at Grammys

Madonna, Billie Joe Armstrong to perform at Grammys

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Madonna, Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong and Miranda Lambert are to perform at the 56th annual Grammy Awards show in Los Angeles, CBS announced.
Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney to perform at the Grammys

Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney to perform at the Grammys

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- Former Beatles band-mates Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr are to perform at the 56th annual Grammy Awards show in Los Angeles, CBS announced.

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Daft Punk booked to perform on Grammys show

Daft Punk booked to perform on Grammys show

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Dec. 19 (UPI) -- Daft Punk, Kendrick Lamar, Imagine Dragons, P!nk and Nate Ruess of FUN. have been booked to perform at the Grammy Awards show in Los Angeles.
Jay Z earns nine Grammy nods, including rap album of the year

Jay Z earns nine Grammy nods, including rap album of the year

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- U.S. rapper Jay Z leads the field this year with nine Grammy nominations, including best rap performance and best rap album, the Recording Academy announced.
Katy Perry, Taylor Swift to appear on Grammy nominations special

Katy Perry, Taylor Swift to appear on Grammy nominations special

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Dec. 5 (UPI) -- U.S. singer/songwriters Katy Perry and Taylor Swift are to appear on Friday's "Grammy Nominations Concert Live!! -- Countdown to Music's Biggest Night."
Kiss, Nirvana, LL Cool J nominated for Rock Hall induction

Kiss, Nirvana, LL Cool J nominated for Rock Hall induction

NEW YORK, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- Nirvana, Chic, Deep Purple, Peter Gabriel, Hall and Oates, Kiss and LL Cool J are nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.
LL Cool J to host Grammy Nominations Concert

LL Cool J to host Grammy Nominations Concert

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- Drake, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Robin Thicke, and Keith Urban have been booked to perform at the Grammy Nominations Concert in Los Angeles, organizers said.
Emmy Awards ceremony under way in Los Angeles

Emmy Awards ceremony under way in Los Angeles

Neil Patrick Harris kicked off the Emmy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles Sunday night with a segment showing him attempting to binge-view an entire TV season.
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International
Fallon, Hamm, Hannigan to be Emmys presenters

Fallon, Hamm, Hannigan to be Emmys presenters

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- Jimmy Fallon, Jon Hamm, Alyson Hannigan and LL Cool J are to serve as presenters at Sunday's Emmy Awards show in Los Angeles, CBS said.
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LL Cool J (L) and Chris O'Donnell attend the CBS, CW, CBS Television Studios and Showtime Television Critics Association party in San Marino, California on August 3, 2009. UPI/ Phil McCarten
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James Todd Smith (born January 14, 1968), better known as LL Cool J (acronym for Ladies Love Cool James) is an American rapper and actor. He is known for romantic ballads such as "I Need Love", "Around the Way Girl" and "Hey Lover" as well as pioneering hip-hop such as "I Can't Live Without My Radio", "I'm Bad", "The Boomin' System", and "Mama Said Knock You Out". He has released twelve studio albums and two greatest hits compilations, with his final album being 2008's Exit 13, the last for his record deal with Def Jam Recordings. He has also appeared in numerous films, and currently stars as NCIS Special Agent Sam Hanna on the CBS crime drama television series NCIS: Los Angeles. He now lives in Long Island, New York, with his wife and four children.

LL Cool J was born and raised in Bay Shore, New York, the son of Ondrea (née Griffith) and James Smith. He started rapping at the age of nine. His DJ later was known as Cut Creator. In his youth, LL Cool J performed in the church choir, participated in the Boy Scouts, and delivered newspapers. At age 16, by using a mixing table purchased by his grandfather at Sears, Smith produced and created demos and sent them to various record companies, including Def Jam Recordings.

Under his new stage name, LL Cool J (Ladies Love Cool James), Def Jam released his first record, the 12" single "I Need a Beat". The single sold over 100,000 copies. The success of "I Need a Beat" helped lead to a distribution deal with Def Jam and Columbia Records in 1985. Soon after, he dropped out of Andrew Jackson High School to record his debut album.

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