February 11, 2013 at 12:03 AM
LL Cool J hosted the 55th Grammy Awards on Sunday night. On Monday morning, it’s highly unlikely that anyone will remember a single word he said.
The rapper and sometimes-actor opened the ceremony with a sentimental monologue about how honored he was to host for a second time, and how meaningful the Grammys are to the music world.
“A Grammy isn’t just a shiny trophy to hold on to,” he said. “A Grammy is a dream come true.”
As the night went on, his sole job seemed to be promoting the #Grammys on Twitter by putting a hashtag in front of every other word he said. He spent way too much time straight-up reading tweets from viewers at home and adding his own predictable commentary.
Watching his generic, boring hosting job has to make you wonder if the Grammys even need a host. While LL Cool J hosted the awards show last year, he was the first official host since Queen Latifah in 2005.
As history proves, the Grammys could easily do without a host and instead be run by the multitude of award presenters.
If a host is absolutely needed, any number of comedians or celebrities would have been more interesting choices than LL Cool J.
Sure, LL Cool J has years of experience in the music industry, and was given the chance to express his passion and excitement for music every time he was on screen for longer than 15 seconds. He was able to get personal and relate to the Grammy winners by talking about Michael Jackson being his musical inspiration and the time he gave his own Grammys to his grammy.
Yet, as a host, his performance often fell a bit flat. It was forgettable.
Maybe it’s for the best. While a comedian would have been an infinitely more entertaining host, it might have detracted from the real purpose of the night. People tune in to see performances from top musicians and their favorite artists recognized for their work. No one watches the Grammys to hear a host reading scripted jokes and cliched sentiments from a teleprompter.