The Grammys recently announced that pioneering hip hop group Run-DMC is slated to receive their next Lifetime Achievement Award.
The Queens trio, who's already been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, was the first rap collective to be nominated for a Grammy with a nod for Best R&B Vocal Performance (the rap category hadn't been created yet). They are also the first in hip hop to receive this award.
According to Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the Recording Academy, the group deserved the honor because of their innovation and inspiration, "Each year, The Academy has the distinct privilege of honoring those who have greatly contributed to our industry and cultural heritage, and this year we have a gifted and brilliant group of honorees. Their exceptional accomplishments, contributions and artistry will continue to influence and inspire generations to come."
Celia Cruz, Earth Wind & Fire, Linda Ronstadt, Jefferson Airplane, Herbie Hancock, Ruth Brown and John Cage are also slated to receive the honor. Rev Run tweeted yesterday (January 13) in reaction to the news and was ecstatic.
"I just got a call from the Grammys!! They shocked me!! We're the first rappers to get this award!!," he relayed via the social media site. "Shocked! Grateful!. God is good!! I'm so honored to be a #GRAMMYs Lifetime Achievement Award recipient this year. Thank you to the recording Academy!"
The 58th Annual Grammy Awards is slated to take place Sunday, February 15 at 8 p.m. EST on CBS.
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