OFFSTAGE: Taylor Swift in Grammy Promo With LL Cool J

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According to the Los Angeles Times, the Grammy Awards are getting rid of their old-school, no-host ways. For the first time in seven years, they have chosen a real live host for the show on Feb 12. And it is rapper/actor LL Cool J. (The last host was Queen Latifah in 2005.) To celebrate and/or promote that, LL Cool J (short for Ladies Love Cool James) was recently seen filming a television commercial with Taylor Swift. She’s wearing a classic LBD (little black dress), and he is in an all-black outfit with an oversized replica of the gold-gilded gramophone trophy between them. One that is much, much bigger than the classy little trophies Swift already has at home. And she should probably make room in her trophy case for even more of these Grammys since she is nominated for three: best country solo performance, best country song for “Mean” and best country album for Speak Now. Once the Swift/LL Cool J spot airs or is live on www.grammy.com, I will make sure to post a link. But will it be as entertaining as Swift’s 2009 “Thug Story” collaboration with rapper T-Pain for the CMT Music Awards? We will have to wait and see.

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.