LL Cool J Becomes First Rapper To Receive Kennedy Center Honor
Legendary Queens, New York rapper LL Cool J has made history becoming the first hip hop artist to receive a Kennedy Center Honor. He received the honor alongside a extraordinary group including actress and dancer Carmen de Lavallade, singer and songwriter Gloria Estefan, writer and producer Norman Lear, and singer and songwriter Lionel Richie Sunday night.
The Kennedy Center Honors is an annual honor given to those in the performing arts for their lifetime of contributions to American culture.
LL Cool J stated in his instagram post, “I believe that we are built to do anything we put our minds and proper actions to,” the rapper wrote in the caption of a picture of himself at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts celebrating the occasion. “You have all the tools inside you that are required for you to fulfill your GOD given purpose. This one is for those who came before me and those who followed me. We were sent to this planet to love and inspire one another. Manifest our dreams and make them a reality. I hope you’re inspired by me because I’m absolutely Inspired by you. Mic check 1212 Let’s ride!! ? #KCHonors #StateDepartmentDinner #hiphop”
LL Cool J has been making contributions to hip hop music for over 30 years with his first album Radio debuting in 1985