(Photo: Michael Rozman/Warner Bros.)
(Photo: Michael Rozman/Warner Bros.)

The president’s absence at this year’s Kennedy Center Honors doesn’t bother LL Cool J one bit, as he explained on Friday’s Ellen DeGeneres Show.

The NCIS: Los Angeles star and first hip-hop artist to be named a Kennedy Center honoree seemed relieved that President Trump and first lady Melania Trump plan to skip the annual ceremony, which the White House announced last month. 

“I’m glad that he decided not to attend because it would’ve been a distraction and it would’ve been more about who’s standing next to who and less about the actual art form — the hip-hop that I worked my heart out over all of these years to do what I’m doing,” LL Cool J explained. “So, I’m glad about that. I’m glad I can just go out there, and it’s about the music and the culture and not about a bunch of politics and stuff.” 

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