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LL Cool J becomes first rapper to receive Kennedy Center Honor

Press Trust of India  |  Los Angeles 

LL Cool J has become the first rapper to earn the prestigious Kennedy Center Honor, which is America's highest achievement for any performer.

Along with LL Cool J, singer-songwriter Lionel Richie, Gloria Estefan, TV creator Norman Lear and dancer-actress Carmen de Lavallade were all on hand to receive their award at the John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, reported Times.

LL, whose real name is James Todd Smith, later took to Instagram to speak on the moment and captioned that for hip- hop to be acknowledged was bigger than him.

"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 youre inspired by me because Im absolutely inspired by you," he wrote.

The 40th annual ceremony will air on CBS December 26 at 9pm.

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First Published: Mon, December 04 2017. 14:55 IST