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One of raps first super stars LL Cool J, added to his many accolades by being honored Sunday night (12/3) receiving the Kennedy Center Honors. The Queens native, will become the first rapper to achieve the distinction.

“I believe that we are built to do anything we put our minds and proper actions to,” Cool J said in the caption of one of several Instagram posts to commemorate the honor. “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 1-2-1-2 Let’s ride!!”

Other 2017 honorees include Gloria Estefan, Lionel Richie and Norman Lear.

If you need further incentive to watch the 2017 Kennedy Center Honors, consider that 2017 will be one of the few years the President of the United States won’t be involved in the ceremony. In August, the White House issued a statement announcing President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump would not participate in this year’s activities.

Although the induction is taking place Sunday, Dec. 3, the 40th annual Kennedy Center Honors will air on Dec. 26, at 9 p.m. EST on CBS.

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