LL COOL J – FIRST HIP-HOP ARTIST HONORED BY THE KENNEDY CENTER
LL Cool J was just named as one of the 2017 Kennedy Center Honorees along with Lionel Richie, Carmen de Lavallade, Gloria Estefan, and Norman Lear! Find out more about this year’s recipients here.
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.' 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. To be the first rap artist honored by the @KennedyCenter 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.