American Rapper, Queen Latifah has made history as the first-ever female rapper to bag the Kennedy Center Honorary Award.
Dana Elaine Owens professionally known as Queen Latifah is an American rapper, actress, and singer. She was honored with the Kennedy Center Honors Award for her contributions to music in the United States.
The Kennedy Center Honors is an annual honor given to those in the performing arts for their lifetime contributions to American culture. The award is America’s highest award for a performer.
Queen Latifah took to her Instagram to share her achievement stating that the moment feels like a dream. “I’m going to take this in for a moment. This is very surreal. I want to thank the Kennedy Center so much,” she said.
She was one of the first to empower women in the hip-hop genre and paved the way for many others to come behind her according to BOTWC. Queen Latifah mentioned that she discovered her love of music through her Aunt who directed a mass choir.
She said she learned how to teach harmonies and melodies and watched her build songs into lovely creations that moved through her when they all sang together. She expressed her gratitude to a legendary singer, Dionne Warwick, saying that she inspired and motivated her through her songs and way of life.
She also thanked her business partner, stating that he supports and believes in everything she want to do. She stated that they work together to come up with ideas and plans, and he helps to convince others that they can achieve their goals.
Queen Latifah attributed her successful career to her family’s support. She said they showed her how to have love for one another, have respect, how to be brave, and move throughout the world.
Queen Latifah said she is living in the present with no worries about the past and future focusing on being fully present and grateful for her life and achievements.