Grammy Awards to celebrate the 50th anniversary of hip-hop with star-studded performance


The Recording Academy will celebrate the 50th anniversary of hip-hop at the 2023 Grammy Awards with an star-studded performance. The segment will be introduced by LL Cool J, produced and musically directed by Questlove, narrated by the Roots’ Black Thought, and will feature the Roots as the backing band.

Among the featured performers will be Big Boi, Busta Rhymes with Spliff Star, De La Soul, DJ Drama, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Missy Elliott, Future, GloRilla, Grandmaster Flash, Grandmaster Mele Mel and Scorpio/Ethiopian King, Ice-T, Lil Baby, Lil Wayne, the Lox, Method Man, Nelly, Public Enemy, Queen Latifah, Rahiem, Rakin, Run-DMC, Salt-N-Pepa and Spinderella, Scarface, Swizz Beats, and Too $hort.

Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason Jr. said in a statement: “For five decades, hip-hop has not only been a defining force in music, but a major influence on our culture. Its contributions to art, fashion, sport, politics, and society cannot be overstated. I’m so proud that we are honoring it in such a spectacular way on the Grammy stage. It is just the beginning of our year-long celebration of this essential genre of music.”

Trevor Noah will host the 2023 Grammys, airing live on CBS from the Arena in Los Angeles this Sunday February 5. The ceremony will also be available to stream live and on-demand via Paramount+.

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