LL Cool J to be First Hip-Hop Artist Honored by the Kennedy Center


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LL Cool J can add another achievement to an already incredibly long list.

It’s just been announced that he’ll be honored by the Kennedy Center, and be the first hip-hop artist to get that nod.

Others being honored with the rapper include Lionel Richie, choreographer Carmen de Lavallade, Norman Lear, who’s the creator of classic TV shows like The Jeffersons and All in the Family, as well as Gloria Estefan. The ceremony will also be taped in Washington D.C. on Dec. 3, where the honorees will be seated with President Trump and the First Lady.

After hearing of the news, LL said that his grandmother has everything to do with his success.

“My late grandmother passed some wise advice to me: ‘If a task is once begun, never leave it ’til it’s done. Be the labor great or small, do it well or not at all.’ That adage has guided everything I’ve ever done in my life, and I couldn’t be more grateful, because it has lead me here,” he said. “To be the first rap artist honored by the Kennedy Center is beyond anything I could have ever imagined. I dedicate this honor to the hip-hop artists who came before me and those who came after me. This simply proves that dreams don’t have deadlines. God is great.”

The last time we heard from L, he was trying to help his former In the House co-star Maia Campbell, but she didn’t seem too interested. But this time he’s making headlines for his music and acting accomplishments, which is dope and very well-deserved.

You can catch The 40th Annual Honors on CBS on Tuesday, Dec. 26 at 9:00 p.m. EST.

 

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