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LL Cool J Among The Kennedy Center 2017 Honorees! (PICS)

LL Cool J is the first solo rapper to receive the Kennedy Center presidential honor this year.  Check out pics from the night, a sneak peek from his speech and find out when you can watch the entire ceremony!

LL Cool J posted several pictures from last night's festivities...

The @KennedyCenter Honors Class of 2017. Truly Honored to be sharing this special moment with this group of extraordinary people. Congratulations to my fellow honorees!!! #KCHonors

19.3k Likes, 213 Comments - LLCOOLJ (@llcoolj) on Instagram: "The @KennedyCenter Honors Class of 2017. Truly Honored to be sharing this special moment with this..."

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

37.3k Likes, 684 Comments - LLCOOLJ (@llcoolj) on Instagram: "I believe that we are built to do anything we put our minds and proper actions to. You have all the..."

Put the work in. Dream huge dreams. Put some more work in. Keep the faith. Praise GOD. Adjust. Dream some more. Put some more work in. Repeat. And we don't stop!!!! If We can do it, You can do it.. @kennedycenter #KCHonors

8,370 Likes, 223 Comments - LLCOOLJ (@llcoolj) on Instagram: "Put the work in. Dream huge dreams. Put some more work in. Keep the faith. Praise GOD. Adjust...."

The Kennedy Center posted this quote from LL Cool J's speech last night...

The Kennedy Center on Twitter

The inner city is a maelstrom. I liken it to a bunch of little creatures caught in this whirlpool... every now and then you'll have someone make it out. You're looking at what every young black man the inner city could be if they were given the opportunity."[email protected] #KCHonors

The Kennedy Center 2017 Honors two-hour special will air Tuesday, December 26th at 9pm on CBS.  Congratulations to LL Cool J and all of this year's honorees!