A Cuban immigrant, the first hip-hop artist to be inducted, and a television legend who shed the spotlight on racial bigotry were among the honorees at Sunday night's 40th edition of the Kennedy Center Honors.
The celebration honouring LL Cool J, Lionel Richie, Gloria Estefan among others, will air as a special December 26 on CBS.
LL Cool J's career is all about breaking boundaries as he became the first rapper to earn the prestigious Kennedy Center Honor, which is America's highest achievement for any performer.
The NCIS actor and Lip Sync Battle host had a huge catalogue of music before diving into acting.
LL Cool J's achievements haven't stopped there, as just last week, the 49 year old revealed he completed the Business of Entertainment Media & Sports program at Harvard University.