LL Cool J Talks Grammys And Kendrick Lamar

(Radio.com) Ahead of the 58th Annual Grammy Awards, Radio.com got a few minutes with LL Cool J - hosting for the fifth straight year - to discuss this year's edition of Music's Biggest Night.

Radio.com: So, what are you most looking forward to at this year's ceremony? LL: For me, it's about the whole dinner: it's not just about the appetizers, it's not just about the hors d'oeuvres, it's not just about the cocktails, it's everything. I'm looking forward to the whole event. From Taylor Swift opening to… I don't want to tell you who's closing! The tributes to Glenn Frey with the remaining Eagles and Jackson Browne, the tribute to Lionel Richie, the tribute to B.B. King, Lady Gaga and Nile Rodgers paying tribute to David Bowie, Adele, Miguel, Kendrick Lamar, the Alabama Shakes, it's an unbelievable lineup.

Radio.com: As a legendary MC, I wondered what you thought of Kendrick Lamar, who leads all nominees with eleven? LL: I think he's very talented, I think he's a great performer, I think he deserves the success he's having. He should enjoy this moment, and if he continues to stay creative and innovative, in 25 years we'll still be talking about him. It's all about him and what he brings to the table, creatively, as an artist. But I can tell you that right now he's definitely crushing it, his music is great, and I'm very happy for him.

Radio.com: He's a tough guy to go up against in a lyrical battle. Do you miss the days when you battled other MCs? LL: Miss it? Well, I haven't put a record out in a long time, because nobody really has anything to say because I haven't been making music. But, you know, one day I'll put a record out and we'll see what happens then. I never said I wouldn't make any more music. I just have been busy. But that being said, I'm not looking for any problems! Read the full interview here.

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