LL Cool J Becomes 1st Rapper to Receive Kennedy Center Honors Award

Ron Sachs-Pool/Getty Images
Ron Sachs-Pool/Getty Images

LL Cool J made Kennedy Center Honors history when he became the first rapper to be a Kennedy Center honoree. The annual celebration was held Sunday night in Washington, D.C. Of course, for eight years President Barack Obama attended, but this year, President Orangina did not.

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Along with LL, other honorees included singer-songwriter Lionel Richie, TV creator Norman Lear, Gloria Estefan and dancer-actress Carmen de Lavallade.

Kennedy Center honorees for 2017 (clockwise from rear, left) LL Cool J, Lionel Richie, Gloria Estefan, Norman Lear and Carmen de Lavallade (Ron Sachs - Pool/Getty Images)
Kennedy Center honorees for 2017 (clockwise from rear, left) LL Cool J, Lionel Richie, Gloria Estefan, Norman Lear and Carmen de Lavallade (Ron Sachs - Pool/Getty Images)
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On Saturday the official state dinner was held, and beforehand, rapper-actor LL took to Instagram to express his appreciation.

“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,” LL wrote.

The Kennedy Center Honors special will air on CBS on Dec. 26 at 9 p.m.

Bye, Kinja! It's been fun (occasionally).

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The annual celebration was held Sunday night in Washington, D.C., and, of course, during the past eight years President Barack Obama attended, but this year, President Orangina did not.

*snicker* You know he didn’t want to and sulkily turned down the invitation doing his finest “I didn’t want to come anyway” after Honoree Madame Carmen de Lavallade said if he was going to be there, she would not.

But of course he wouldn’t wanna. Look at all those minorities.

And anybody with a jot of sense who was present should be happy IQ45 and his thousandth wife Lady FrozenFace weren’t in attendance. They would’ve ruined the party. They always do.

This is how these things are ‘posed to go: