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Grammy Awards: LL Cool J to Host; Sam Smith, Pharrell Among Performers

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LL Cool J will host the 57th Annual Grammy Awards for the fourth consecutive year, CBS announced Wednesday.

The kudofest has also announced additional performers for the show, including Common and John Legend — performing their Oscar-nominated song “Glory” from “Selma”; Miranda Lambert; Usher; Sam Smith; and Pharrell Williams. They join AC/DC; Eric Church; Ariana Grande; Madonna; and Ed Sheeran.

The telecast airs Sunday, Feb. 8 at 8 p.m. on CBS.

All of the newly announced performers are also nominees at the ceremony. Common is nominated for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for “Blak Majik,” featuring Jhené Aiko, and Best Rap Album for “Nobody’s Smiling.” John Legend has two nominations for Best Pop Solo Performance for “All Of Me” (Live) and Best Rap Song for “Bound 2.” Miranda Lambert has four nominations: Best Country Solo Performance and Best Country Song for “Automatic,” Best Country Duo/Group Performance for “Somethin’ Bad” with Carrie Underwood and Best Country Album for “Platinum.” Sam Smith is up for Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year and Best Pop Solo Performance for “Stay With Me (Darkchild Version)”; Album Of The Year and Best Pop Vocal Album for “In The Lonely Hour”; and Best New Artist.

Pharrell Williams holds six nominations: Album Of The Year for “Girl,” as producer on Beyoncé’s “Beyoncé” and Ed Sherran’s “X”; Best Pop Solo Performance for “Happy (Live)”; Best Music Video for “Happy”; and Best Urban Contemporary Album for “Girl.” Usher is up for four awards: Best R&B Performance and Best R&B Song for “New Flame” (with Chris Brown and Rick Ross) and Best R&B Performance and Best R&B Song for “Good Kisser.”