LL Cool J Receives Kennedy Center Honor Alongside Gloria Estefan & Lionel Richie
LL Cool J is getting at least part of his just due. The pioneering rapper was honored at the Kennedy Center Honors Sunday alongside dancer Carmen de Lavallade, Gloria Estefan, writer/producer Norman Lear, and Lionel Richie.
LL’s award marks the first time a rapper has received the honor, and he clearly couldn’t be more excited.
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I believe that we are built to do anything we put our minds and proper actions to. 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
He also brought his entire family out for the ceremony.
Luckily for this year’s Kennedy Center Honorees, Cheeto In Chief announced in August that he wouldn’t be in attendance. Trump’s absence marked the fourth time in four decades that the sitting president hasn’t been present.
The award recognizes artists with a lifetime of contributions to American culture and past recipients include Oprah, Cicely Tyson and George Lucas.
He’s also been nominated for the 2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, let’s hope he FINALLY makes it in.