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LL Cool J on being replaced as GRAMMYs host by James Corden

LL Cool J opened up about having his run as GRAMMYs host handed over to James Corden in a new interview with Billboard magazine

He has hosted the popular music awards ceremony for a total of five years, but 2017's event, which will take place this weekend on February 12, will be presented by British funnyman Corden. LL Cool J explained:

"They wanted to do something different, and I actually felt totally comfortable with that. I had an amazing run on the GRAMMYs. I’m good. I made some great friends, I have friends at the Academy, friends on the production team, the executives.”

He went onto add that working alongside GRAMMYs producer Ken Ehrlich was a highlight: “[Ehrlich], to me, is the most powerful guy in the music business that a lot of people don’t know. He’s amazing, a real artist. Just learning, being a fly on the wall, giving my input when I felt I had something to say was incredible. And being creatively involved, collaboratively involved, with the whole process. I gave my opinions on things. Some ideas were used, some weren’t, but in the end it all worked out for the best.”

Watch an interview with LL Cool J below:

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