‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ Star LL Cool J Shares a ‘Rock Hall Moment’ as He Poses with Award

by Jacklyn Krol

NCIS: Los Angeles star LL Cool J is officially in the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame!

The actor/rapper was inducted into the prestigious museum for his music career on October 30. The 36th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction included a number of stars. Such as Carole King, Foo Fighters, Jay-Z, The Go Gos, Todd Rundgren, Billy Preston, and Randy Rhoads.

The NCIS: Los Angeles star performed at the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Cleveland, Ohio alongside famous friends. He performed “I’m Bad,” and then invited Jennifer Lopez to the stage to perform “All I Have.” Then, he surprised the audience with a collaboration with Eminem for “Rock the Bells.”

Paying Tribute

After accepting his award, he paid tribute to the most important person in his life. He pointed to a photo of his mother behind the stage. He told the photo, “Mom I made it.” LL Cool J was being honored for his “musical excellence.”

“It makes me want to get in the studio and give something back for this recognition,” he told Rolling Stone. “In a weird kind of way, it makes me want to pay it forward by creating something special for people and outdo myself in a way, creatively. That’s what it does. It makes me want to give the world a new music project.”

However, when he began music, he wasn’t considering any awards or recognition from others.

“I was thinking about getting a pair of Pumas, a gold chain, and writing my rhymes in my composition notebook,” he said. “And just going to the block party and just being the best rapper I could be, the best MC I could be, and just going through that process. I didn’t know about these things.”

How the ‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ Dynamic Works

Callen and Sam have a bit of a bromance, and in real life, Chris O’Donnell and LL Cool J are just as close.

The pair met on the set of the show and hit it off pretty quickly. In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, O’Donnell spoke about their friendship and work relationship.

“You know, the same way you would pick on your sibling and drive each other crazy, I mean, it’s similar to the relationship Todd and I, LL and I, have in real life,” he admitted. “I mean, he’s someone I have great respect for, and there’s a mutual admiration. But we also love to, you know, just torture each other…and constantly, uh you know, drive each other crazy.”

When they’re not filming, you can find the pair poking fun at each other in their trailers.

“When you spend that much time together on set, you know you tend to get bored once in a while,” he added. “And all that’s left is to just pick on each other. It’s only so long you can sit and stare at you know TikTok and Instagram on your phone.”