Rapper LL Cool J will host the first ever live 38th NAACP Image Awards, set to air live on Friday, March 2 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX, organizers announced Monday Feb 5th.
"We are pleased and honored to have LL Cool J host our first live telecast," said Vicangelo Bulluck, executive producer of the telecast. "His humor, intelligence and incredible talent will make the awards an exciting evening to remember."
LL, born James Todd Smith, is a previous recipient of the NAACP Image Award and has sold tens of millions of records since launching his career in 1985 at the age of 17, as an artist on the Def Jam label. He will be releasing his next album, "Exit 13," in May.