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Rapper’s delight: MTV kudo

Perhaps acknowledging the short life expectancy of rap artists, MTV will present its equivalent of a life achievement honor — the Video Vanguard Award — to LL Cool J during the 14th annual MTV Video Music Awards ceremony at New York’s Radio City Music Hall on Sept. 4.

As the first rap artist to chalk up five consecutive platinum-selling albums, LL Cool J is being recognized “for his outstanding contribution to the musicvideo medium.”

LL Cool J is 29. Bring on the Geritol.

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