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LL Cool J to become Hip Hop’s first ‘Kennedy Center Honoree’ (VIDEO)

Written by | Ray Cornelius 

LL Cool J will make history tonight as the very first hip hop star to ever receive the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors. He will be recognized for his decades of influence and artistry as a pioneering rapper + entertainment icon.

“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” said the rapper on a recent Instagram post.

LL Cool J will be honored alongside Grammy winning singer and Motown star Lionel Richie, trailblazing dancer and choreographer Carmen de Lavallade, Cuban megastar Gloria Estefan and pioneering TV producer and writer Norman Lear.

The Kennedy Center Honors Gala will air on the CBS Network for the 40th consecutive year as a two-hour primetime special on Tues., December 26 at 9 p.m. ET.

Photo Credits: Instagram/LLCoolJ

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Al Green, Tom Hanks, Sting & others to be recognized at Kennedy Center Honors

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

The Kennedy Center Honors announced Thursday (September 4) all of the recipients for this year’s award ceremony. The star-studded event, which will be hosted by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, airs on December 7 at 9 p.m. on CBS.

The year’s honorees include R&B legend, Al Green; Oscar-winning actor, Tom Hanks; comedian, actress and activist, Lily Tomlin; global music icon, Sting; and world-renowned ballerina, Patricia McBride. The show will also feature performances and appearances by big name stars from music, television/film and the arts who will salute the honorees.

“The Kennedy Center celebrates five extraordinary individuals who have spent their lives elevating the cultural vibrancy of our nation and the world,”  said Kennedy Center chairman David M. Rubenstein. “Al Green’s iconic voice stirs our souls in a style that is all his own; Tom Hanks has a versatility that ranks him among the greatest actors of any generation; one of the world’s greatest ballerinas, Patricia McBride continues to carry forward her legacy for future generations; Sting’s unique voice and memorable songwriting have entertained audiences for decades; and from the days of her early television and theatrical appearances, Lily Tomlin has made us laugh and continues to amaze us with her acting talent and quick wit.”



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‘Queen of Soul’ Turns 70! would like to wish Aretha Franklin a Happy 70th birthday today. For 52 years this singer-songwriter-pianist and musical treasure has entertained us with her ‘soulful’ melodies and gut-wrenching live performances.

And if that’s not enough, allow me to list just a ‘few’ of her accolades as well as some of our all time favorite songs/performances:

She has won 18 Grammy Awards and has two honorary Grammys including the Grammy Legend Award and Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Awards

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Rolling Stone has named her the No. 1 all time best singer of the rock era and is ranked at #9 on the 100 Greatest Artist of All Time

She had 10 #1 R&B Albums between 1967 and 1982, more than any other female artist

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She is the first female artist to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the second female artist to be inducted in the UK Music Hall of Fame…

She is one of three artists to have singles peak at each of the top 10 positions on the US Billboard Hot 100 and is ranked at #19 on Billboard’s Hot 100 All –Time Top Artist…

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Her voice was declared a “natural resource” in 1985 by former Michigan Governor James Blanchard…

She is a Kennedy Center Honors award recipient and has been awarded The National Medal of Arts by President Clinton and The Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush.

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Aretha Franklin is without a shadow of a doubt the undisputed ‘Queen of Soul.’ We are so looking forward to her new album and her performance at this year’s Essence Music Festival.

Source: Wikipedia