In reply to: LL Cool J - shocktheatre04:07 pm EST 01/16/21
The Kennedy Center Honors have never been a Broadway Hall of Fame. It was meant to honour ALL the performing arts in America. Just as jazz greats were given the honour in the early days of the event (Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie) and then country legends (Roy Acuff, Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton) and rock stars (Chuck Berry, Elton John , The Who), now it includes the more recent contribution America has made to the performing arts rap and hip-hop with LL Cool J's tribute.
The culture changes. It's generally more fun to embrace it than throw your hands in the air and retreat.
And I would guess that LL Cool J has influenced and captivated more Americans than Barbara Cook did. And I say that as a slavish and ardent admirer of hers.