Legendary rapper and actor LL Cool J will become the first rapper to receive a Kennedy Center Honors Award at this ceremonious event recognizing a lifetime of arts. It’s the 40th anniversary of the event and LL will be welcome with the like of TV writer/producer Norman Lear, singer Gloria Estefan, dancer Carmen de Lavallade, and singer/musician Lionel Richie. LL told the Washington Post “I am blown away. This is the biggest musical award you can receive. 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 honored.”
— LLCOOLJ. (@llcoolj) August 3, 2017
To celebrate the prestigious award, there will be a State Department Dinner and a White House reception before the event. President Trump is expected to join in the festivities even though he has introduced a budget that would defund the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities earlier this year. Regardless, congratulations to LL Cool J, this is big.
Source: Rap Up