Harvard Loves Cool J: University Names LL Artist Of The Year

February 20, 2014  |  

Call him a Harvard man! LL Cool J has been chosen as Artist of the Year by Harvard University and will be honored at the annual Cultural Rhythms Festival on Feb. 22, reports The Boston Globe.

“His pioneering contributions to a new genre of music and distinguished history of creativity have been lauded by young people around the world,” said Harvard Foundation director S. Allen Counter. Harvard was also impressed by LL’s humanitarian efforts via the Jumpstart program, an initiative that encourages early education programs in low-income communities.

And keep in mind that LL’s work spans beyond hip hop and philanthropy. The multi-platinum selling artist is also a television and film star, Grammy Award host (and winner), and twice-nominated Rock and Roll Hall of Fame act. Also, he licks his lips and made “Doin’ It.” He started his recording career with the breakthrough album Radio in 1985.

Harvard seems to loving hip hop lately. It set up the Nasir Jones Hip Hop Fellowship through a partnership with rapper Nas.

Among past recipients of Harvard’s Artist of The Year Award include: John Legend, Shakira, Queen Latifah, and Wyclef Jean.

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