"When adversity strikes, that's when you have to be the most calm. Take a step back, stay strong, stay grounded and press on." –L.L. Cool J

  • Born James Todd Smith on Jan. 14, 1968, in Bay Shore, New York
     
  • LL Cool J's first official release was the 1985 single "I Need A Beat," which helped establish success early on for then-nascent label Def Jam. Later that year, the rapper achieved wider critical success and commercial acclaim with his debut album, Radio, which eventually sold more than 1 million copies.
     
  • LL Cool J won his first career GRAMMY for 1991 for Best Rap Performance for "Mama Said Knock You Out." 
     
  • Did you know? The rapper hosted five consecutive GRAMMY telecasts from the 55th GRAMMY Awards in 2012 to the 58th GRAMMY Awards in 2016.
     
  • The rapper is a longtime supporter of Chrysalis, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing resources and support for homeless and low-income individuals.

LL Cool J

"When adversity strikes, that's when you have to be the most calm. Take a step back, stay strong, stay grounded and press on." –L.L. Cool J

  • Born James Todd Smith on Jan. 14, 1968, in Bay Shore, New York
     
  • LL Cool J's first official release was the 1985 single "I Need A Beat," which helped establish success early on for then-nascent label Def Jam. Later that year, the rapper achieved wider critical success and commercial acclaim with his debut album, Radio, which eventually sold more than 1 million copies.
     
  • LL Cool J won his first career GRAMMY for 1991 for Best Rap Performance for "Mama Said Knock You Out." 
     
  • Did you know? The rapper hosted five consecutive GRAMMY telecasts from the 55th GRAMMY Awards in 2012 to the 58th GRAMMY Awards in 2016.
     
  • The rapper is a longtime supporter of Chrysalis, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing resources and support for homeless and low-income individuals.

GRAMMY Award Results for LL Cool J

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Nominations
Best Rap Album
The Definition
 
Nominations
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
Luv U Better
 
Nominations
Best Rap Solo Performance
Ain't Nobody (Single)
 
Wins
Best Rap Solo Performance
Hey Lover
Nominations
Best Rap Album
Mr. Smith (Album)
 
Nominations
Best Rap Solo Performance
Stand By Your Man (Single)
 
Nominations
Best Rap Solo Performance
Strictly Business (Single)
 
Wins
Best Rap Solo Performance
Mama Said Knock You Out
 
Nominations
Best Rap Performance
Going Back To Cali (Single)