LL Cool J To Become the First Rapper Honored By the Kennedy Center
The legend continues of the history of Hip Hop.
Washington, DC – it took a couple of decades, but the Kennedy Center Honors ceremony finally include a Hip Hop artist. The winners of the 40th annual event have been announced and LL Cool J is one of the names in the list.
The rapper turned actor appears in a class that includes legendary singers Lionel Ritchie and Gloria Estefan, iconic TV writer and producer Norman Lear, and influential dancer/choreographer Carmen de Lavallade. LL have an opportunity to talk about the special recognition in a statement released by the Kennedy Center.
"My late grandmother had some wise advice to me: 'If a task is once begun, never leave until it's done. Your job is big or small, do it well or not," he said. "Adage that has guided all that I have done in my life and I could not be more grateful because it has led me here. To be the first rap artist honored by the Kennedy Center is beyond anything I could have imagined. I dedicate this honor to the artists of Hip Hop that came before me, and those who came after me. This just goes to show that dreams do not have deadlines. God is great."
To be the first rap artist honored by the @kencen is beyond anything I could have imagined. Dreams don't have deadlines. God is great. pic.twitter.com/NQHUg4YIzo
— LLCOOLJ. (@llcoolj) August 3, 2017
LL inclusion is the most recent example of the Kennedy Center's efforts to recognize the culture of Hip-Hop. Last year, Q-Tip became the first Artistic Director of the Hip-Hop Culture for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
40 annual Kennedy Center Honors, the program is held at the Kennedy Center Opera House in Washington, DC, and in the air on December 26 at 9 pm EST on CBS.