Via: Washington Post
LL Cool J will make history as the first rap musician to be saluted at the Kennedy Center Honors, which marks its 40th anniversary this year with a slate of artists that includes TV writer/producer Norman Lear, singer Gloria Estefan, dancer Carmen de Lavallade and musician Lionel Richie.
“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.”
The annual awards for lifetime artistic achievement set for Dec. 3 in the Kennedy Center Opera House will be the first under President Trump.