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LL Cool J makes history as first rapper to accept Kennedy Center Honor

History is made.
Dec 4, 2017 – 10:46 AM EST

History was made on Saturday, December 2nd when Todd Smith a.k.a. LL Cool J became the first rapper to earn the Kennedy Center Honor. The honor is America's highest achievement award for any performer.

The honors were held in Washington D.C. at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Honorees joining LL Cool J included Carmen De Lavallade, Gloria Estefan, Lional Richie and Norman Lear. The State Department Dinner was hosted by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and President Donald Trump was absent from the ceremonies.

About a week ago, LL Cool J revealed that he completed the Business of Entertainment Media & Sports program at Harvard University.

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