LL Cool J has been named Harvard University's Artist of the Year.

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LL Cool J Gets Harvard Artist of the Year Award CBS

Cambridge, MA -- High honors were handed out at Harvard University for rapper and actor LL Cool J.

The star of CBS's NCIS: Los Angeles and the recent host of the Grammy Awards will not be adding teaching to his list of many talents. But LL Cool J has been named Harvard University's Artist of the Year.

The Harvard Foundation cited his pioneering work in rap as well as his effort to raise literacy rates in low-income neighborhoods.