LL Cool J – iconic rapper and actor from New York City – will be the very first Hip-Hop artist to be named as a Kennedy Center Honors recipient. He’s joined in the class of 2017 by Gloria Estefan, Lionel Richie and others.
LL Cool J responded to the accolades on Instagram saying, “To be the first rap artist honored by the [Kennedy Center] is beyond anything I could have imagined. I dedicate this honor to the hiphop artists who came before me and those who came after me. This simply proves that dreams don’t have deadlines. God is great.”
The Kennedy Center is the living legacy of the former president of the United States John F. Kennedy. The 2017 Kennedy Center Honors celebration takes place December 3 but will be televised on December 26 on CBS.
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Check out the full list of honorees in the video below: