By Esther Zuckerman
Updated January 21, 2015 at 10:10 PM EST
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LL Cool J will once again return to the Grammys as host, CBS has announced. This will be the fourth year in a row that the rapper and NCIS: Los Angeles star has occupied this role. LL Cool J began hosting in 2012, following a period in which the show had no offical host.

“I’m thrilled to again be part of Music’s Biggest Night,” LL Cool J said in a statement. “The performances and moments you see on the Grammy stage are nothing less than amazing throughout the years and this year’s show is shaping up to be one you will never forget.”

Artists performing during the Feb. 8 ceremony include Common, John Legend, Miranda Lambert, Sam Smith, and Ariana Grande.