How Many Licks Does It Take To Get LL Cool J Through The Grammys? (VIDEO)

Take a guess.

LL Cool J hosted the 2013 Grammys for CBS last night, and leveraged his powerful position at the Tiffany Network to somehow convince Grammy producers that the show should close with a performance by him. (We’re still not sure how he pulled that one off, but hey, more power to him!) Shade aside, LL proved himself to be a pleasant and amiable enough host, but man, his glam squad sure let him down when it came to giving him sufficient amounts of lip balm last night. We noticed that the “Rock The Bells” rapper was licking his lips an awful lot at the outset of the show, and decided it would be a worthwhile exercise to count the total number of times that he self-moistened his luscious lips. We’d tell you the total*, but that would defeat the fun of learning for yourself!

*Ok, ok, you twisted our arms. We counted 46 on-camera lip licks! No WONDER they call him LL! (Lip Licker? Luscious Lips?)

[Video Editing courtesy of Lauren Elizabeth Thompson]