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    Mon, 04 Dec 2017 10:23:50

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    Over the weekend, LL Cool J became the first rapper to receive a Kennedy Center Honor during a ceremony in Washington D.C. At only 49 years of age, LL also ties with Stevie Wonder as the youngest artist to ever receive the award. Singer Gloria Estefan, musician Lionel Richie, television producer Norman Lear, and dancer Carmen de Lavallade were also among this year's honorees.

    LL Cool J told The Washington Post, "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."

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    In a post to Instagram, LL wrote, "I believe that we are built to do anything we put our minds and proper actions to. You have all the tools inside you that are required for you to fulfill your GOD given purpose. This one is for those who came before me and those who followed me. We were sent to this planet to love and inspire one another. Manifest our dreams and make them a reality. I hope you're inspired by me because I'm absolutely Inspired by you. Mic check 1212 Let's ride!! 🎤 #KCHonors #StateDepartmentDinner #hiphop."

    In another first, this year's gala was the first time that neither the president nor first lady were in attendance. Founded in 1977, last night marked only the fourth time in four decades that the sitting president didn't attend the honors. In August, Trump announced that he would not attend, after a number of nominees publicly threatened to boycott the event if he was present.

    I believe that we are built to do anything we put our minds and proper actions to. You have all the tools inside you that are required for you to fulfill your GOD given purpose. This one is for those who came before me and those who followed me. We were sent to this planet to love and inspire one another. Manifest our dreams and make them a reality. I hope you’re inspired by me because I’m absolutely Inspired by you. Mic check 1212 Let’s ride!! 🎤 #KCHonors #StateDepartmentDinner #hiphop

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    Put the work in. Dream huge dreams. Put some more work in. Keep the faith. Praise GOD. Adjust. Dream some more. Put some more work in. Repeat. And we don’t stop!!!! If We can do it, You can do it.. @kennedycenter #KCHonors

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    —The ARTISTdirect Staff
    12.04.17



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