‘NCIS: LA’ Star LL Cool J Snaps Pics With President Biden & First Lady Ahead of 99th National Christmas Tree Lighting

by Samantha Whidden
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Prior to the 99th annual National Christmas Tree Lighting, NCIS: LA star LL Cool J shared on Instagram a snapshot with President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden.

“Honored to kick off the holidays with the President and First Lady as I host the 99th National Christmas Tree Lighting,” the NCIS: LA star declared in the social media post. The event will kick off on Sunday (December 5th) at 8:30 p.m. ET/ 8:00 p.m. PT on CBS. 

According to its website, the first National Christmas Tree Lighting took place in 1923 when President Calvin Coolidge walked from the White House to the Ellipse to light a 48-foot fir tree. It was decorated with 2,500 electric bulbs in red, white, and green. A local choir and a quartet from the U.S. Marine Band performed. The event sparked an American holiday tradition that notably continues to bring citizens together to share in a “message of hope and peace.”

Along with the NCIS: LA castmate, other celebrities that will take the stage of the annual National Christmas Tree Lighting are Billy Porter, Chris Stapleton, H.E.R., Juanes, Kristin Chenoweth, Maren Morris, and Patti LaBelle. The U.S. Army Band Downrange and the Howard University Gospel Choir will also be performing. 

‘NCIS: LA’ Star LL Cool J Gets Inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 

NCIS: LA star LL Cool J was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame earlier this fall. He performed with Eminem and Jennifer Lopez during the induction ceremony. During a recent interview with Rolling Stone, the actor and singer spoke about being inducted. “To be honest with you, it’s humbling and it’s inspiring. It makes me want to get into the studio and give something back for this recognition.”

The NCIS: LA actor also admitted that in a weird kind of way it made him want to pay it forward by creating something special for people. “That’s what it does. It makes me want to give the world a new music project.”

While talking about the induction, the NCIS: LA star recalled the Rock Hall not exactly being on his radar at the beginning of his career.

“I was thinking about getting a pair of Pumas, a gold chain, and writing my rhymes in my composition notebook. And just going to be a block party and just being the best rapper I could be. The best MC I could be. And just going through the process. I didn’t know about these things.”

He then shared with the media outlet that there was a little foreshadowing in his 1984 single I Need a Beat. “I said, ‘I predict this jam will hit the highest plateau in the world of music. Paparazzi, wealth, and fame. Total proportion of my name.’ I said that on that song. And it came to fruition.”