LL Cool J will be the first hip-hop artist to receive a Kennedy Centre honour later this year. He will be awarded alongside musician Lionel Richie and singer Gloria Estefan.
The awards annually celebrate arts figures for their contributions to American culture. At 49, he ties with Stevie Wonder as the youngest artist to receive the honour.
Set to take place on December 3 in the Kennedy Centre Opera House, this will be the first ceremony to take place under President Trump.