Celebrity Queen Latifah has had a long and successful career as a pioneering female rapper as she successfully broke through a male dominated industry. Now, decades later the legendary rapper is getting a prestigious honor. She will be the first female rapper to be honored at the 46th Annual Kennedy Center Honors. Other honorees include celebrity Billy Crystal, Dionne Warwick, Barry Gibb, and Renée Fleming at an event to be held on December 3, at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, in Washington D.C.
Queen Latifah released a statement saying that she was “humbled to be included” in the list of artists that would be honored by the Kennedy Center. She spoke about the hardships she faced in her musical career and the negative comments including the word “No” for the different artistic pathways she had chosen through her long and meaningful career.
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She’s the first female rapper to be honored at the prestigious ceremony. pic.twitter.com/PsW6QjrvXS
The multi-talented, multi-award-winning musician, actress and producer also said that “To now be recognized amongst so many multi-hyphenates feels unbelievable, not just me and my team, but for our community.”
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The Kennedy Center made it clear in a statement that Queen Latifah was being honored in what is considered to be the 50th anniversary of hip-hop, a musical genre that started as a uniquely American culture that has now become an international music genre.
Deborah F. Rutter, who is the president of the Kennedy Center said that hip-hop had been “an important, thriving art” at the Kennedy Center and that it was “a privilege” …”to bestow an Honors to the First Lady of Hip-Hop who has inspired us along the way.”
Queen Latifah has won multiple prestigious awards including
a Prime Time Emmy
a Golden Globe
three SAG and
two NAACP awards.
Queen Latifah is also the first hip hop artist to get her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She is the daughter of celebrity actress Rita Owens. She acknowledged her partner Eboni Nichols as well as son Rebel, for the first time, when she received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2021 BET Awards.
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