Back to Back TV: LL Cool J, GRAMMYS and Finding Your Roots

Photo credit: The Chocolate Voice/Gwen Pierce

Photo credit: The Chocolate Voice/Gwen Pierce

The day after LL Cool J hosts the GRAMMY Awards, the rapper/actor DNA is uncovered on PBS’ “Finding Your Roots.”

The series host Henry Louis Gates Jr. guides the two-time GRAMMY winner down a winding DNA trail of surprises that uncovers his family tree.

On PBS’ Finding Your Roots, the rapper discovers that his mother, Ondrea Griffith, was adopted in 1947 by his grandparents, Eugene Griffith and Ellen Hightower. LL learned of this news, as well as a 19th-century record of his family’s freedom from slavery, from the show’s host, Henry Louis Gates Jr. via a phone conversation. Gates thought it would be too much to spring the DNA evidence on him for the cameras.

The episode, which also traces another GRAMMY winner Sean “Diddy” Combs’ ancestry, airs Tuesday on Pll kookBS stations (check local listings for times), the day after LL Cool J hosts the GRAMMY Awards on CBS.

Music’s Biggest Night will take place on Monday, Feb. 15, 2016, at Staples Center in Los Angeles and will be broadcast live on CBS from 8–11:30 p.m. (ET/PT).

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