LL Cool J set to headline Oxygen concert
Posted on March 12, 2006 by Jamie Slaughter
LL Cool J, Def Jam Record's premiere multi-platinum artist and New York City's native son returns when Oxygen provides viewers with a one-night performance by one of hip-hop's sexiest and biggest names in the "LL Cool J Custom Concert Featuring Ne-Yo and Special Guests" airing Saturday, March 18 at 10:30p.m. Grammy® Award winning hip-hop artist and Queens, NY native LL Cool J will join with rising Island Def Jam R&B recording artist Ne-Yo and other special guests to perform songs from his forthcoming 12th studio album and some of his most popular hits decided on by Oxygen viewers in a special Friday, March 3 concert taping in New York City.
Beginning February 17, viewers can log onto www.oxygen.com and vote to determine the hit songs LL Cool J will perform during the show. He will also perform selections from his latest Def Jam Records release Todd Smith, hitting store shelves on April 25th, including his smash single "Control Myself" which features pop songstress Jennifer Lopez. Viewers can also submit personal questions online for LL Cool J to answer throughout the show.
"We love LL Cool J because he is a hip-hop legend and a star with a huge female fan base," says Julie Insogna, Senior Vice President of Talent and Music Programming for Oxygen. "It is an honor to feature an artist who has not only been incredibly important to hip-hop and the music industry overall, but also appeals to women across generations."
A Queens, NY native, LL Cool J embarked on his rap career in 1984 at the age of 16. LL Cool J is a music legend who has remained an innovator in the hip-hop and rap genres for over 20 years. He is also a two-time Grammy® Award winner in the "Best Solo Rap Performance" category for his hits "Mama Said Knock You Out" and "Hey Lover." LL Cool J extended his talents to acting in recent years, appearing in his own sitcom, over 20 films and making memorable television guest appearances. His credits include his mid-90s sitcom "In The House," the hit action feature "SWAT," the romantic comedy "Deliver Us From Eva," FOX's "House," and most recently, the hit comedy "Last Holiday" with Queen Latifah. LL Cool J's 12th studio album Todd Smith debuts on April 25th.
Island Def Jam's newest R&B addition, Ne-Yo began his career as a songwriter providing songs for such accomplished performers as Destiny's Child, Mary J. Blige, and Faith Evans. He also wrote Mario's 2005 breakout hit "Let Me Love You," which went on to become one of the most played records in radio airplay history. Currently #3 on the Billboard Music charts for his single "So Sick," Ne-Yo's debut album In My Own Words is in stores now.