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LL Cool J Becomes First Hip-Hop Artist Recognized By The Kennedy Center Honors

LL Cool J Becomes First Hip-Hop Artist Recognized By The Kennedy Center Honors

by | 29th December 2017
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Hip-hop head/icon LL Cool J has become the first artist hip-hop to be recognized at the Kennedy center honors.

 

The rapper tweeted a thank you to fans.

 

“I want to personally thank every single one of you !! You bought the songs you attended the concerts,” he wrote in a tweet. “You called the radio stations!! “You” inspired me!!! You’ve been with me the whole time. I love you #HIPHOP!! “WE” MADE HISTORY!!! #KCHonors”

 

 

 

Some of the biggest names in hip hop also took the opportunity to pay homage to the hip hop veteran.

 

Queen Latifah & The Roots’ drummer Questlove talked about LL Cool J’s legacy while Busta Rhymes, Lauryn Hill, Black Thought, MC Lyte and DMC performed some of the legends hits like “Mama Said Knock You Out,” “I’m Bad,” “Rock The Bells,” and more.

 

Other honor recipients include singer/songwriter Lionel Richie, American dancer and choreographer Carmen de Lavallade, singer/songwriter Gloria Estefan and television writer and producer Norman Lear.

 

Front row from left, 2017 Kennedy Center Honorees Carmen de Lavallade, Norman Lear, and Gloria Estefan, back row from left, LL Cool J, and Lionel Richie are photographed following the State Department dinner for the Kennedy Center Honors, Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf)

 

 

Photo: AP Photo/Kevin Wolf