This year's Kennedy Center honorees will include two singers, a television writer, a dancer — and for the first time, a hip-hop artist.
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday announced the recipients of the 2017 Kennedy Center Honors. They are: hip-hop artist LL Cool J, singers Gloria Estefan and Lionel Richie, television writer and producer Norman Lear and dancer Carmen de Lavallade. It's the 40th year of the awards, which honor people who have influenced American culture through the arts.
"To be able to go from the corner in Queens beating on a garbage can to getting a Kennedy Center Honor with this type of company and to be first is just an amazing feeling. You know, it just adds another level of legitimacy to hip-hop culture," LL Cool J said.
The honorees will be celebrated at a gala on Dec. 3, featuring performances and tributes from top entertainers and attended by President Donald Trump. The show will be broadcast on Dec. 26 on CBS.
No charges for Bieber
Police said that Justin Bieber will not be charged for accidentally hitting a celebrity photographer with his pickup truck last month. Beverly Hills police Lt. Elisabeth Albanese said Thursday that investigators had determined there were no violations by either Bieber or the photographer and no citations will be issued. Bieber accidentally struck the 57-year-old paparazzo in Beverly Hills, Calif., after leaving an event on July 26. Police have said Bieber was cooperative after the incident. It occurred days after Bieber canceled his Purpose World tour.
Arraigned: The actor who played Luke Duke in the 1980s television show "The Dukes of Hazzard" is facing indecent assault and battery and drug charges in Massachusetts. Tom Wopat, 65, was arraigned Thursday in Waltham District Court. Waltham police said they could not immediately release details on what led to the charges.
Arrested: A founding member of Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five stabbed a homeless man to death after a passing remark made him think the man was hitting on him, a law enforcement official said Thursday. Kidd Creole, whose real name is Nathaniel Glover, was walking in midtown Manhattan on Wednesday near where he worked security when he passed by John Jolly, 55, police said.
Lynn exhibit: The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is opening an exhibit on the life of Hall of Famer Loretta Lynn in Nashville. It opens Aug. 25 and runs through Aug. 5, 2018. The singer-songwriter, 85, had a stroke in May and is recovering at home after a stay at a rehabilitation center.