‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ Star LL Cool J Hosting National Christmas Tree Lighting

by Joe Rutland

What a year it has been for NCIS: Los Angeles star LL Cool J. Now he’s going to add some holiday cheer to his litany of honors.

LL Cool J, who plays Sam Hanna on the CBS crime drama, will host the National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony. CBS Chicago helps fill in the blanks, Outsiders.

So the new Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee will host the special as it’ll air on CBS and Paramount+ on Sunday, Dec. 5, at 8:30 p.m. Eastern, 7:30 p.m. Central. The actual ceremony, though, takes place on Thursday, Dec. 2.

The event features musicians like Billy Porter, Chris Stapleton, Maren Morris, Kristen Chenoweth, and Patti LaBelle.

Also appearing will be the Howard Gospel Choir and the U.S. Army Band Downrange.

This event will be held in President’s Park in Washington, D.C.

When he’s not hosting big-time events or getting inducted into a hall of fame, LL Cool J can be on Sunday nights on CBS.

‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ Star Talks About What Rolling Stones Song He Rapped To In Career

In his career as a rapper, LL Cool J found inspiration for his songs in different music genres.

One time, he even used a Rolling Stones song to rap to in his career. Back in August, days after legendary Stones drummer Charlie Watts died, LL Cool J talked about it.

He tweeted out his condolences and let us all in on a sweet scoop.

LL Cool J writes that it was the Stones’ “Honky Tonk Woman” that he would rap to back in the day.

Watts died on Aug. 24 at 80 years old.

LL Cool J is one guy who thinks on his feet. He gets it that even the most popular TV stars may be untouchable.

“We’re far from untouchable,” he said in 2017 about the show’s major cast members. “We’re getting touched regularly. It’s crazy.”

Co-Star Castille Offered Big Congrats After Hearing of LL Cool J Induction

There’s no doubt that LL Cool J received a lot of texts, phone calls, and tweets after his Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction.

A close friend of his is Caleb Castille, who portrays Devin Rountree.

He was right there with words of congrats.

“Listen man, Mama said knock you out was not a suggestion !!” Castille wrote as a caption on a photo he posted on Instagram. It paraphrases one of LL Cool J’s biggest hits.

“BIG Congrats to a living LEGEND on being inducted into the ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME tonight!” he writes. “I’m beyond grateful for the opportunity to stand next to you and soak up years of wisdom/knowledge Todd. Thanks for always being a man of your word and a leader!”