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LL Cool J continues to break barriers for the culture. The G.O.A.T. will be the first Hip-Hop artist ever to be honored by the Kennedy Center.

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts announced the recipients of the 2017 Kennedy Center awards. Honorees included LL, Gloria Estefan, Lionel Richie, screenwriter Norman Lear and dancer Carmen de Lavallade.

The Kennedy Center Honors is a decoration given to individuals for their lifetime contributions to the performing arts. Mr. Smith took to his Twitter account to show his gratitude for the acknowledgement saying “To be the first rap artist honored by the @kencen is beyond anything I could have imagined. Dreams don’t have deadlines. God is great.”

Not only is he the first rapper to receive the honor, he ties Stevie Wonder as the youngest recording artist to be inducted.

Originally started in 1978, this will be the 40th anniversary of the ceremony culminating at the yearly star studded gala on December 3. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump are scheduled to attend. The show will be broadcast at 9PM Dec. 26 on CBS.

Via Billboard