It is no big secret that LL Cool J has had one of the longest and most successful careers in the game. Well, today Mr. Smith has another accolade to add to his collection as the word comes down today that LL Cool J Is The First Hip Hop Kennedy Center Honoree. LL Cool J will receive Kennedy Center Honors this year and will be joined by Gloria Estefan, Lionel Richie, Norman Lear and Carmen de Lavallade. NPR reports that he will be the very first hip hop artist to receive the acclaim, which acknowledges the lifetime achievements of contributors to American culture.
At 49, LL will be the youngest honoree since Stevie Wonder. LL Spoke about the honor in a statement, saying “My late grandmother passed some wise advice to me: ‘If a task is once begun, never leave it ’til it’s done. Be thy labor great or small, do it well or not at all.” He went on to state: “That adage has guided everything I have ever done in my life and I couldn’t be more grateful because it has led me here.” His statement ended with “To be the first rap artist honored by the Kennedy Center is beyond anything I could have imagined. I dedicate this honor to the hip-hop artists who came before me and those who came after me. This simply proves that dreams don’t have deadlines. God is great.” The 40th Annual Kennedy Center Honors will air on CBS on Tuesday, December 26th, don’t miss out!
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