Kennedy Center Honors honorees (Photo credit: KennedyCenter IG)

On Sunday, Dec. 3, LL Cool J made history once again. The self-proclaimed G.O.A.T. became the first rapper ever to receive a Kennedy Center Honor at the 40th Annual Kennedy Center Honors.

The Kennedy Center Honors, which celebrate a lifetime in the arts, honored not only the hip-hop legend, turned esteemed, award-winning actor, but also honored American musician and record producer Lionel Richie, American television writer and producer Norman Lear, Cuban American singer-songwriter and actress Gloria Estefan and American dancer and choreographer Carmen de Lavallade.

“The Kennedy Center Honors spotlights the extraordinary careers of five artists whose talent and ingenuity have enriched and shaped cultural life in America,” stated Kennedy Center Chairman David M. Rubenstein.

Check out some of the other celebrities that attended the star-studded event. Let us know what you think about the honorees in the comments section.

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Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds

WASHINGTON D.C. - DECEMBER 3: Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds arrives to the 2017 Kennedy Center Honors at The Kennedy Center on Sunday, December 3, 2017, in Washington D.C., USA. (Photo by Aaron J. /RedCarpetImages.net)

Grant Hill

WASHINGTON D.C. - DECEMBER 3: Grant Hill arrives to the 2017 Kennedy Center Honors at The Kennedy Center on Sunday, December 3, 2017, in Washington D.C., USA. (Photo by Aaron J. /RedCarpetImages.net)

LL Cool J

WASHINGTON D.C. - DECEMBER 3: LL Cool J arrives to the 2017 Kennedy Center Honors at The Kennedy Center on Sunday, December 3, 2017, in Washington D.C., USA. (Photo by Aaron J. /RedCarpetImages.net)

Busta Rhymes

WASHINGTON D.C. - DECEMBER 3: Busta Rhymes arrives to the 2017 Kennedy Center Honors at The Kennedy Center on Sunday, December 3, 2017, in Washington D.C., USA. (Photo by Aaron J. /RedCarpetImages.net)

DMC

WASHINGTON D.C. - DECEMBER 3: DMC arrives to the 2017 Kennedy Center Honors at The Kennedy Center on Sunday, December 3, 2017, in Washington D.C., USA. (Photo by Aaron J. /RedCarpetImages.net)

Stevie Wonder

WASHINGTON D.C. - DECEMBER 3: Stevie Wonder arrives to the 2017 Kennedy Center Honors at The Kennedy Center on Sunday, December 3, 2017, in Washington D.C., USA. (Photo by Aaron J. /RedCarpetImages.net)

Dave Chappelle

WASHINGTON D.C. - DECEMBER 3: Dave Chappelle arrives to the 2017 Kennedy Center Honors at The Kennedy Center on Sunday, December 3, 2017, in Washington D.C., USA. (Photo by Aaron J. /RedCarpetImages.net)

Chaka Khan

WASHINGTON D.C. - DECEMBER 3: Chaka Khan arrives to the 2017 Kennedy Center Honors at The Kennedy Center on Sunday, December 3, 2017, in Washington D.C., USA. (Photo by Aaron J. /RedCarpetImages.net)

Q-Tip

WASHINGTON D.C. - DECEMBER 3: Q-Tip arrives to the 2017 Kennedy Center Honors at The Kennedy Center on Sunday, December 3, 2017, in Washington D.C., USA. (Photo by Aaron J. /RedCarpetImages.net)

Porsha Monique

A little bit of this… A little bit of that! Makes a whole lot of awesomeness! It is what it is! Life is GRAND!