LL COOL J To Host The 42nd Annual Kennedy Center Honors On CBS And CBS All Access

Watch the celebration of Earth, Wind & Fire, Sally Field, Linda Ronstadt, Sesame Street, and Michael Tilson Thomas on Sunday, Dec. 15 at 8/7c.
Posted on Nov 25, 2019 | 09:00am
LL COOL J is coming back to the Kennedy Center stage—this time to host the 42nd Annual Kennedy Center Honors on Sunday, Dec. 15 at 8/7c on CBS and CBS All Access.

In 2017, LL COOL J became the first rapper to earn the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors, which is one of America’s highest achievements for any performer. Now he'll be hosting the event for the first time as fellow stars celebrate a group of inspiring artists who have made significant cultural contributions across their lifetimes.

The 2019 class includes R&B collective Earth, Wind & Fire, actress Sally Field, singer Linda Ronstadt, children's television program Sesame Street, and musical visionary Michael Tilson Thomas.

The Honors recipients are confirmed by the executive committee of the center's board of trustees, which has one primary criterion in the selection process: excellence.

READ: The Kennedy Center Announces Honorees For 2019 Tribute Broadcast On CBS

That also could have been the criterion for this year's host!

"They call LL COOL J 'The G.O.A.T.' [Greatest of All Time] for a very good reason—he earned it," said Jack Sussman, Executive Vice President, Specials, Music and Live Events, CBS Entertainment. "He's the absolute renaissance man: musical artist, producer, actor, author,
fashion icon, GRAMMY® winner, and a 2017 Kennedy Center honoree. He will be a masterful master of ceremonies for the Kennedy Center Honors, with his unique style and charisma guiding us through a night of heartfelt and well-deserved tributes celebrating the life's work of
this year's stellar honorees."

Two-time GRAMMY Award-winner and six-time NAACP Image Award-winner LL COOL J is an entertainment icon who has worked in music, film, television, publishing, fashion, and philanthropy. First introduced to the world in 1984 as a Def Jam Records flagship artist, LL COOL J is the first rap artist to amass 10 consecutive platinum-plus selling albums. The multi-platinum artist and two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominee is currently tied for third place for the most Billboard chart debuts by a rapper.

LL COOL J received a star on the legendary Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2016 for his achievement in music. He has appeared in more than 30 films. Currently, he stars in the hit television drama NCIS: Los Angeles, among others. In March 2018, he launched his own SiriusXM classic Hip-Hop channel entitled "LL COOL J’s Rock The Bells Radio."

Watch the 42nd Annual Kennedy Center Honors on Sunday, Dec. 15 at 8/7c on CBS and CBS All Access.