If you didn’t know, one of the legends of 80’s hip-hop LL Cool J, is the first hip-hop artist to receive the Kennedy Center honor.
If you are unfamiliar, over the past 40 years, the Kennedy Center Honors is one of the most prestigious awards in entertainment. The award is given to those who have significantly impacted the arts in a way that has changed the fabric of the industry.
In the video above, hip-hop legends like Grandmaster Caz, Kool Moe Dee, Roxanne Shanté and Ecstacy of Whodini talk about how the rapper LL Cool J has impacted the industry.
This year, LL Cool J is the first rapper to be honored by the Kennedy Center in its 40-year history. He, along with Gloria Estefan, Lionel Richie, Norman Lear, and Carmen de Lavallade received the honor last night.
The Kennedy Center Honors Class of 2017. Truly Honored to be sharing this special moment with this group of extraordinary people. Congratulations to my fellow honorees!!! #KCHonors pic.twitter.com/N6K6cxAOGb
— LLCOOLJ. (@llcoolj) December 3, 2017
In his heartfelt speech, LL spoke about what can happen to those who have a dream in the inner city if they are only given an opportunity.
“The inner city is a maelstrom. I liken it to a bunch of little creatures caught in this whirlpool… every now and then you’ll have someone make it out. You’re looking at what every young black man the inner city could be if they were given the opportunity.”- LL Cool J
“The inner city is a maelstrom. I liken it to a bunch of little creatures caught in this whirlpool… every now and then you’ll have someone make it out. You’re looking at what every young black man the inner city could be if they were given the opportunity.”—@llcoolj #KCHonors pic.twitter.com/UsSTWRiKCf
— The Kennedy Center (@kencen) December 3, 2017
Thankfully, there was no drama since for the first time, The President, Donald Trump, did not attend the ceremony. Since the honorees did not go to the White House to meet the president, the red carpet started early, and there was a reception afterward.
The Kennedy Center Honors will be televised on December 26th on CBS at 9 pm EST.
To learn more about the Kennedy Center Honors visit www.kennedy-center.org