LL Cool J Becomes First Rapper To Receive Kennedy Center Honor, Along With Lionel Richie And Others

LL Cool J continues to make history!

The rapper-turned-actor became the first-ever rapper to receive a Kennedy Center Honor. LL Cool J was recognized at a ceremony in Washington, DC on Sunday night.

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“I am blown away. This is the biggest musical award you can receive,” LL Cool J told The Washington Post. “To be recognized by your country, and to be able to represent hip-hop as an art form is amazing. I’m surprised, grateful, humbled and honoured.”

Not only is the “Lip Sync Battle” host the first rapper to be honoured, he also tied Stevie Wonder as the honour’s youngest recipient.

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LL Cool J also posted several Instagram photos from the event. “Put the work in. Dream huge dreams. Put some more work in,” he captioned one. “Keep the faith. Praise GOD. Adjust. Dream some more. Put some more work in. Repeat. And we don’t stop! If we can do it, you can do it.”

Other honourees at the event included singer Gloria Estefan, musician Lionel Richie, television producer Norman Lear and dancer Carmen de Lavallade.

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