The Grammys will honor hip-hop’s contribution to entertainment as it adds a historic new segment that pays tribute to the artists and creatives who have shaped the genre over the past 50 years.
Hip-hop was recognized as a genre only half a century ago. It is now one of the largest arts centers in the world, producing thousands of artists and creatives who profit from the multibillion-dollar industry. In a statement Thursday, the Recording Academy said it would pay homage to the genre at its upcoming Grammys on Feb. 5.
The event lineup has now expanded to include performances by some of the greatest hip-hop artists to showcase the genre’s rich history and contributions to global culture and influence.
Up for the show are Big Boi, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Busta Rhymes with Spliff Star, De La Soul, Lil Wayne, DJ Drama, Missy Elliott, GloRilla, Grandmaster Flash, Future, Grandmaster Mele Mel & Scorpio/Ethiopian King, Method Man, Ice -T, Lil Baby, The Lox, Nelly, Rahiem Public Enemy, Queen Latifah, Rakim, RUN-DMC, Scarface, Swizz Beatz, Salt-N-Pepa and Spinderella, and Too $hort, the Grammys reported Thursday.
Artist LL COOL J will open with an introduction before starting his solo and dedication. The project will be produced by music producer and director Questlove, with music provided by The Roots and narration by hip-hop group Black Thought.
The new segment is produced by Questlove, Fulwell 73’s Patrick Menton, Jesse Collins, creative producer Fatima Robinson and Questlove’s manager and LNU President Shawn Gee.
Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason jr. said in a statement that hip-hop deserves recognition for its enormous contributions to nearly every segment of society.
“For five years, hip-hop has been not only a defining force in music but has had a major impact on our culture. Its contributions to art, fashion, sport, politics and society cannot be overemphasized,” he said.
Mason Jr. added: “I’m so proud we were able to honor it in such a spectacular way on the Grammy stage. This is just the beginning of our year-long celebration of this important genre of music.”