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The Grammy Awards is a music industry event that celebrates the best of the best. This year's event is no exception, and the ceremony featured a star-studded tribute to hip-hop.
This show-stopping segment was introduced by LL Cool J and featured performances from a who's who of the genre. This included Lil Baby, Scarface, Swizz Beatz and many more.
LL Cool J took the stage at the Grammy Awards to present a musical tribute to hip-hop's 50th anniversary on Sunday. He teamed up with Questlove to produce the all-star event, which included a host of iconic artists. The performance featured Big Boi, Busta Rhymes with Spliff Star, De La Soul, DJ Drama, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Missy Elliott, Future, GloRilla, Grandmaster Flash, Grandmaster Melle Mel & Scorpio/Ethiopian King, Ice-T, Lil Baby, Method Man, Nelly, Public Enemy, Queen Latifah and Run DMC.
The rapper also performed his hit "Going Back to Cali," which he rapped on himself, and a version of "Mama Said Knock You Out" with Black Thought. He introduced the performance with the words, “Hello, everybody, this is LL Cool J with Black Thought, a hip-hop legend, one of the greatest rappers ever,” before inviting a throng of dancers onstage for a fiery "Mama Said Knock You out."
While LL slowed down a bit to allow Black Thought to take over with his powerful raps, the duo kept the energy high as they performed classics like "Born Free," "Cause I'm the One," and "Celebrate" with a stacked line-up of guests, including Ice-T, Queen Latifah, Method Man and Scarface. LL's signature voice was on full display, and his fans couldn't help but sing along with him during the performance.
The all-star performance was a great way to celebrate the past, present and future of hip-hop. It was a night to remember for all those who love the genre, and it was an especially poignant moment when Method Man stepped out on stage with the Wu-Tang logo behind him. LL also delivered a memorable closing rap, letting his voice echo from the top of the arena as he sung, "I'm the only one." The LL Cool J legacy will live on forever.
The Grammy Awards are set to celebrate the 50th anniversary of hip hop with a star-studded musical showcase curated by Questlove. In addition to LL Cool J, who will introduce the segment, performers include Missy Elliott, Public Enemy, Run DMC, Ice-T and Queen Latifah, among others.
The Philadelphia-based musician is a six-time GRAMMY winner and has teamed up with the Roots to curate this year's hip-hop celebration, which will feature performances by the biggest names in the genre. He also hosts a weekly podcast, "Questlove Supreme," that features interviews with music legends and cultural icons.
He's also responsible for producing and musically directing the showcase, working with The Roots to provide music and Black Thought to narrate the event. He says that it's "a night of magic," but what really makes it special is the way that it honors the genre's impact on the world.
Originally, the show was supposed to be 23 minutes long but has been cut down to 14 due to the fact that a lot of the stars participating have other projects on their plates. In particular, actor Will Smith had to back out of the segment because he was shooting a movie called Bad Boys 4.
On the red carpet at the 2022 awards, Questlove said that he knew that he'd need to be careful when choosing who would be part of the show. He said that he had to make sure to have a mix of artists who are still relevant and who have had a big impact on the industry.
He also said that he's "always proud to be involved in this industry," as he notes how it's shaped so many things that we take for granted today. He added that it's a genre that he grew up loving and that it "isn't going anywhere."
Rap fans love arguing over who the best rappers are, but when that conversation gets to a point where it becomes subjective to the point of meaninglessness, it can start to feel like a cliche or even a recurrent meme. It is especially true with the renegade MCs who have been able to carve out a niche for themselves among rap’s elitist ranks, such as Black Thought, who has crafted some of the most enthralling music in the genre for decades.
He may be the only rapper with an inimitable style that combines dense wordplay and complex conceptual complexity with the rhythmic power of a master drummer, and yet his music is so refined it never feels like he’s being too ostentatious. His lyricism is a mixture of global travel and self-discovery; his raps are often suffused with references to the chupacabra or Bach, Amon-Ra, and the hajj.
It’s the combination of his lyricism and technique that makes Black Thought such a formidable artist. He has a style that straddles the line between hip-hop and soul, combining the two to create an incredibly powerful voice and intricate raps that are both cerebral and melodic.
The Roots co-founder has been releasing music since 1993, and his latest album, Cheat Codes, is a collaboration with the beatmaker Danger Mouse. The record, which was released on August 12, is another excellent testament to his mastery of the art of rap.
As is typically the case with the best MCs, his lyrics are packed with nuggets of personal discovery and accumulated wisdom. His lyrics are surly but not disillusioned, observant but not sanctimonious. On this latest project, his raps are more rooted in personal discovery than in the political agenda of his earlier work.
The Grammy Awards were held on Sunday (January 31), and hip-hop pioneers Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five received one of the most prestigious honors, a lifetime achievement award. Their groundbreaking single "The Message" was released nearly four decades ago and is considered a landmark in the history of music.
In addition to being a rapper, Grandmaster Flash was also an inventor of several innovations that are still widely used today in hip-hop deejaying. He was the first DJ to physically lay his fingertips on the body of the vinyl and manipulate it in a backward, forward or counterclockwise motion. He also jury-rigged a drum machine into his turntable and created miniature audio dramas on his legendary 12-inch single that presaged digital sampling.
Formed in 1976, Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five were the first multimember rap group to gain mainstream success. Their innovative style combined turntables, break-beat deejaying, choreographed stage routines and lyricism.
Their songs tackled topics ranging from poverty to socio-political issues, but their most famous song was probably “The Message.” It’s considered one of the greatest songs of all time, and was an important step in the development of hip hop as we know it.
Sadly, the group’s most notable member Keef Cowboy died of a drug overdose in 1989, and The Kidd Creole was arrested for murder in 2017. Since then, they haven’t been active.
But with the news of their 2021 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, we’re bringing them back to life and focusing on the many good times they had with their friends and family. Their musical legacy will live on through the stories they shared and the countless memories they left behind.
Aerosmith and Run DMC reunited onstage during the 2020 Grammy Awards to perform the rap-rock cover of their classic hit "Walk This Way." The song's genre-smashing performance was part of the show’s MusiCares philanthropic honor.
The performance started with Aerosmith taking the stage to perform a re-working of "Livin' On The Edge," which saw frontman Steven Tyler receive vocal assistance from Lizzo during the chorus. Next, the rock legends busted into "Walk This Way," which was originally released in 1975.
During the performance, they held up Kobe Bryant's Lakers jersey in honor of the NBA star who died earlier on Sunday in a helicopter crash. The 41-year-old retired player and his 13-year-old daughter were among the eight people killed in the crash.
Run DMC (Joseph Simmons and Darryl McDaniels) were born in the middle-class neighborhood of Hollis, Queens, New York. They were encouraged to start a hip-hop group by their older brother, Russell Simmons, who was the co-founder of the pioneering Def Jam label.
After they signed to Profile Records, the group released their debut single "It's Like That/Sucker MCs," which featured spare, forceful rhythm tracks and overlapping vocals. The three members were also influenced by the funk bands of the 1970s.
They were the first to have their music videos broadcast on MTV, appear on American Bandstand and appear on Rolling Stone. They also helped kickstart the genre of rap, which has become an important element of popular culture today.
During their career, they toured with rappers such as LL Cool J and the Beastie Boys. They were also the first rap group to tour Europe and were honored in 2004 on the VH1 Hip Hop Honors show, alongside legendary acts such as 2Pac and the Sugarhill Gang. They were also featured in the film Tougher Than Leather, which starred Slick Rick and the Beastie Boys.
The Grammys are the most watched music awards show, and celebrities often pull out all the stops for the big night. This year, stars paid tribute to two musical icons during the 'in memoriam' segment: Kacey Musgraves performed the classic "Coal Miner's Daughter" by Loretta Lynn; Quavo performed a tribute song for Takeoff, his late nephew and Migos member who was killed in November.
The Grammy Awards are one of the most prestigious awards in music. Many musicians aspire to be awarded this award. However, not all artists are successful in winning the Grammy. In fact, some people choose to boycott the Grammys because they don’t feel that their work is worthy of winning the award.
The Weeknd is one of the musicians that have been vocal about their discontent with the Grammys. He has vowed to boycott future Grammys shows because of the snub that he received from them in 2021.
He has also criticized the Recording Academy for the way they treat black musicians. He has also said that he is frustrated with the voting process at the Grammys.
On Friday, the first round of voting started at the Grammys and it was revealed that both Drake and The Weeknd did not submit their music for consideration this year. As a result, their songs like “Sticky” and “Sacrifice” were not included in the ballots.
According to Pitchfork, the Toronto natives did not submit their albums for consideration this year and are boycotting the Grammys entirely. This is a continuation of their actions from last year.
The Weeknd and Drake have been vocal about their discontent with the Recording Academy in the past. Both have voiced their frustrations on social media, stating that they don’t feel that their music is worthy of being awarded at the Grammys.
This is a common problem in the music industry. Artists have a lot of competition for the top spots on the charts and it is important for them to get their music noticed.
In addition, many artists want to see their music become a hit so they want to be nominated at the Grammys. Therefore, they need to win the Grammys in order to receive a large amount of money.
The Grammys are one of the most prestigious awards in the world and they are also considered as the best awards in music. It is important for artists to win this award in order to receive a large amount of recognition from the audience.
In a recent report, Pitchfork revealed that Drake and The Weeknd are boycotting the 2023 Grammys, opting not to submit their music for consideration. This is the second year in a row that both Canadian artists have chosen to boycott the show, according to Vibe.
The boycott was sparked by both artists’ vocal disapproval of the awards, which have long been a source of conflict for both performers. Both have voiced their frustrations with the Recording Academy, which hosts the Grammys every year, and have declined to attend the ceremony over the years.
Drizzy’s beef with the Grammys dates back to 2017, when he famously skipped the ceremony in protest of the organization’s placement of his hit song “Hotline Bling” in rap categories instead of pop. This was followed by the rapper pulling his nominations for Certified Lover Boy, and the single “Way 2 Sexy” last year, claiming that the song had been mislabelled and deserved a chance to compete in pop categories.
Similarly, Nicki Minaj was recently incensed that her number one hit, “Super Freaky Girl,” will compete in the pop solo performance category at next year’s Grammys rather than the rap categories where it should have been. Despite being a major hip-hop star, Minaj has never been nominated for a rap award at the Grammys, which is a shame given that her work is considered among some of the best in the genre.
While it’s certainly a shame that the Grammys don’t represent a wider range of rappers, there is a reason why the rap categories are not as broad as other music awards. Many rappers aren’t on the major labels, and they aren’t as commercially successful. This means that if they want to be recognized by the Academy, their songs have to be innovative and creative.
In other words, rappers have to put in a lot of work to make sure their songs are nominated for a Grammy. This is especially true for indie rap artists like billy woods, ELUCID, Mach-Hommy, Rome Streetz, Conway, and many more.
This is a sad reality for a generation of aspiring rappers, who are being forced to rely on other outlets in order to find recognition. The Grammys are often viewed as the pinnacle of the music industry, and for that reason, many rappers feel that they deserve to be given their due.
In 2023, The Weeknd is nominated for three awards at the Grammys. He is nominated for Album of the Year, Best R&B Performance and Best Rap Song.
He is nominated in these categories because of his popularity and success as a singer. He has been recognized as a rising star in the music industry and his songs are considered to be modern day classics.
The Weeknd has been praised by music critics as an artist who is talented, creative and unique. He has a powerful voice and his songs are filled with passion. He also has a unique style and is known for using samples in his music.
His songs are built around fogged, crepuscular production that features slow tempos, rumbling bass and forlorn echoes. His singing is in a falsetto register, which gives his vocals an enticing tone.
He uses a variety of samples in his music, which are influenced by punk and alternative rock. He is also known for his use of Arabic influences in his music.
In 2015, The Weeknd released his second studio album Beauty Behind the Madness. It was a huge success for the singer and it became his biggest album to date. The album went on to sell over a million copies and featured two No. 1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100.
This album was a success for The Weeknd and it made him one of the most popular artists in the world. It was also the most streamed album of 2015.
The Weeknd also has a strong social media presence and has over a million followers on Twitter. He has also received many awards and nominations throughout his career.
He has been able to achieve so much success in his music career because of his hard work and dedication. He has been able to create his own brand and has become a superstar in the music industry.
After releasing his first mixtape, The Weeknd quickly became a popular singer. He later released a compilation album named Trilogy that became a platinum seller for him.
He has also collaborated with several other artists in the past year. He was featured on Belly’s song “Might Not” and Meek Mill’s song “Pullin Up”. He also collaborated with Travis Scott on his song “Pray 4 Love”.
The Weeknd has made no secret of his love for Toronto’s hip-hop culture, but he’s also not afraid to take a shot at the Recording Academy, which he’s had plenty of beef with in recent years. He skipped the 2017 Grammys and criticized the academy for nominating “Hotline Bling” in rap categories, despite the track’s label as a pop song.
He did a similar thing last year when he refused to submit his 2020 album After Hours for consideration, which was a big turnoff for fans who were expecting to see his latest work compete in 2023. The Weeknd’s latest release Dawn FM, released in 2023, has yet to receive a single nomination for any category, which led him to continue his boycott of the awards show.
Drake and The Weeknd’s omissions from the Grammy ballot come at a time when many of their contemporaries are up for major honors. Some of them even won. The biggest winner at the telecast was Bruno Mars, who took home four prizes and was a surprise nominee.
Some of the other acts with multiple nominations include Montreal band Arcade Fire, whose We album landed among the Best Alternative Music Album contenders. Other Canadian artists with multiple nods include Allison Russell, a rising folk singer from Montreal who’s up for American roots performance on Prodigal Daughter; and North Vancouver’s Tobias Jesso Jr., a musician who’s written songs for Adele and Harry Styles, who scored him three nods.
There’s a lot to be excited about this year. Some of the most prestigious awards will be handed out, including Album, Song and Record of the Year, which is a huge accomplishment for any artist.
Meanwhile, Beyonce and Jay Z, two of the most popular names in music, are both in the running for a total of nine trophies. However, despite having 88 nominations each, they’ve never won either a song or an album of the year award.
But that doesn’t mean they haven’t won other major awards. Jay Z has a total of 24 wins as a solo artist, and Beyonce is tied with him for the most nominations.
Hip-hop has influenced the world for 50 years and this year's Grammy Awards is paying homage to its roots. Oscar-winning musician Questlove has co-curated a historic segment featuring some of the genre's biggest names.
Big Boi, Busta Rhymes, Spliff Star, De la Soul, DJ Drama, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Missy Elliott, Future, GloRilla, Grandmaster Flash, Melle Mel, Furious 5, Ice T, Lil Baby, The Lox, Method Man, Nelly, Public Enemy, Queen Latifah, Rakim and Run DMC will perform for the occasion.
One of the most exciting moments of this year's Grammy Awards was the announcement that Questlove and the Roots would co-curate a special segment to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Hip-Hop. The performance was a dazzling medley of music, dance and video with the stars of the show including LL Cool J, Black Thought, Run DMC, the Roots, Grandmaster Flash and others.
The nifty-looking segment was produced by Questlove, ably assisted by his longtime colleagues Jesse Collins and Patrick Menton of Fulwell 73, and Creative Producer Fatima Robinson. It was the granddaddy of all the musical performances that the Recording Academy has to offer, and included many awe-inspiring feats.
The best part was that GloRilla, the CMG phenom, got her chance to shine in the music department. The multi-talented singer and songwriter debuted the most impressive of her new tunes, "Internet Trolls," which is the iHeartRadio newest World Premiere. It's a song about a prankster who made his way to the top of the charts with his ode to online trolling, and it's sure to get some serious play at the award show. The video is a must-watch. The witty and entertaining lyric is a sure-fire winner. Stream it on iHeartRadio now!
The Grammy Awards performance by Lil Baby the roots glorilla 2023 is a powerful and thought provoking piece that shows that hip-hop isn't just a fun and light-hearted genre. During the performance, rapper Lil Baby dedicated his set to a very serious and pressing issue -- police brutality.
The performance opened with a nod to the killing of Rayshard Brooks, a Black man who was killed by police in Atlanta last summer. The scene of the shooting is echoed in Lil Baby's set as he walks through a crowd, surrounded by riot police, while a Black man is handcuffed and shot by a cop.
In a behind-the-scenes video released Sunday, Lil Baby explained how the moment came together: "I wanted to create a movement and bring awareness to this very serious issue. I also wanted to use music to help people see how important it is that we all come together. And I also wanted to bring out some big names and some big voices. That's why I brought in Killer Mike from Run the Jewels, and also Tamika Mallory from Women's March to do the interludes."
He then performed his 2020 hit "The Bigger Picture," which won him a nomination for best rap performance at this year's Grammys. The song was penned in response to the protests against police violence and racism that took place throughout the country this summer, and the track received the most audio and video streams of any protest songs during the season.
After the performance, a large group of protestors marched into the streets of downtown Los Angeles, just outside the convention center where the Grammys were held. The group chanted "Black lives matter" and "Stop the shooting."
Once the crowd was gathered, the performance continued with a nod to the protests that occurred in Baltimore this past September and then into a lyric from the "Scenario" remix by A Tribe Called Quest. In the middle of this section, Mallory stood up and called on President Biden to heed the call for change.
The performance was an incredibly powerful one, and it's easy to see why it earned Lil Baby the nominations for Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song. The rapper's stirring performance made a strong statement, and it was a historical moment that really sums up this year and the issues that we're facing as a society.
Hip-hop fans will get a rare opportunity to see a live performance from several genre icons at this year's Grammy Awards. The Recording Academy has rounded up a set of stars including Busta Rhymes, Missy Elliott and trailblazer LL Cool J to perform a segment in celebration of hip hop's 50th anniversary.
The Roots' Questlove will serve as the special's musical director and producer, while rapper LL Cool J will host and perform the tribute. Black Thought, a fellow bandmate, will narrate the segment, which includes "deep cuts, smash hits and fan favorites" in a fast-paced medley.
During the performance, Questlove and his fellow bandmates will cover "a wide range of styles and regions that have helped shape the genre." The band's current lineup is made up of Tariq Trotter (MC), Ahmir Thompson (drums), Scott Storch (keyboards) and Kamal Gray (bass).
Since their first album in 1996, The Roots have continued to release a number of critically acclaimed albums and tours. Their most recent, Rise Up, received a positive review from Rolling Stone and was nominated for the album of the year award at the 2023 Grammy Awards.
In the years following their debut, The Roots have gone on to become a household name thanks to their high-profile performances and appearances. They have been the house band on NBC's The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and they have also played an important role in the Philadelphia music scene with their annual concerts.
One of the most renowned rap groups in history, The Roots have released 12 studio albums and numerous EPs. Their music has influenced many other artists. The band has been credited with helping to bring about a more jazz-oriented sound in the genre.
The group formed in 1987 with Tariq Trotter and Ahmir Thompson in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. The duo met and began playing together when they were in high school. They soon added Kenyatta Warren, and later Dice Raw as MCs.
Other members joined the band in different times, including bassist Leonard Nelson Hubbard, percussionist Frank Knuckles and guitarist Kirk Douglas. Vocalist Martin Luther departed the band in 2007, and he was replaced by Owen Biddle.
A slew of rap heavyweights will be gracing the aft floor of the Staples Centre on Sunday, including the likes of Big Boi, Busta Rhymes, De La Soul, DJ Drama, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Missy Elliott, Future, Grandmaster Flash and Grandmaster Melle Mel, Ice-T, Lil Baby, and Too $hort. In addition to this year's biggest names, the 2023 Grammy Awards ceremony will be anchored by a number of smaller, but no less impressive performances from the usual suspects. The most notable name on the list is a Memphis native who's been making her mark in a variety of sonic, visual and aural arenas since her early days as a DJ at the helm of the legendary mcKings. In a recent interview, Glorilla revealed the following: she's currently taking the road less traveled in an effort to better her craft. It's been a fun and rewarding ride so far, and she's looking forward to the next chapter in her storied career.
Hip hop is going to get a big tribute during this year's Grammy Awards. This year's event will celebrate the 50th anniversary of rap music, and the line-up is stacked.
A special segment curated by Questlove will feature LL Cool J, Queen Latifah and Missy Elliot. Other confirmed performers include Run-D.M.C, Salt-N-Pepa and Spinderella.
LL Cool J is one of the most famous American rappers. He has received a number of accolades for his work, and is known for his acting roles as well.
Known for his classic hit singles, LL Cool J is a talented artist who has been successful since the 1980s. He was one of the earliest rappers to receive commercial success, and he is often credited with helping to shape hip hop as we know it.
He was born on January 14, 1968, in Long Island, New York, and grew up in a tough household. His father was a drug dealer, and his mother was addicted to alcohol.
While he was young, LL Cool J began rapping and writing his own music. His grandfather purchased $2,000 worth of equipment for him, and at 16 he made demo tapes.
After releasing his debut album, Radio, in 1985, LL Cool J was one of the top artists on the charts. His hit "I Need a Beat" topped the charts, and the album sold more than six million copies worldwide.
On the next few albums, LL Cool J showed a more sexy side to his music. He teamed up with LeShaun on "Doin' It," and he collaborated with Kelly Price on the classic track "Hey Lover."
However, his success didn't come without controversy. In September, millennial podcaster DJ Akademiks deemed veteran MCs “dusty” and “living a bad life financially.”
It is no secret that LL Cool J has struggled with his financial situation. But, he has managed to overcome his challenges and maintain his success. He has won several awards and he has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
LL Cool J, Queen Latifah and Missy Elliot joined forces to pay tribute to the 50th anniversary of hip-hop on Sunday at the 2023 Grammy Awards. LL Cool J introduced the segment, which featured a line-up of rappers from all over the world including Big Boi, Busta Rhymes with Spliff Star, De La Soul, DJ Drama, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Future, GloRilla, Ice-T, Lil Baby, The Lox, Method Man, Nelly, Public Enemy, Questlove, Rakim, Run-DMC, Salt-N-Pepa and Swizz Beatz.
Elliott began her career as a singer and songwriter, and was soon signed to Capitol/EMI Records and worked with several other artists in the hip-hop industry. She also wrote and co-produced her first two albums, "Da Real World" (1999) and "Respect M.E." (2006).
She also wrote for several R&B and pop artists, including Beyonce, Aaliyah, Destiny's Child, Busta Rhymes, TLC, Timbaland, Ariana Grande and Madonna. She was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rap Album in 1998, but lost to Puff Daddy's "No Way Out".
Her first single, "I Want You Back" was released in September 1998 and quickly made it to the top of the charts. It was co-written with long-time collaborator Timbaland and received critical acclaim.
It was accompanied by an Afro-futuristic music video directed by Harold “Hype” Williams and was produced by Timbaland. The album was a huge success in the UK and Europe and became her second top-ten album there, peaking at number seven.
Elliott has remained one of the most prominent figures in contemporary American music, as a singer, writer and producer. She has become an icon for women in music, and has influenced many musicians both vocally and visually. She has written and produced hits for a wide range of artists, and her work has earned her an induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Hip-hop aficionados have a lot to look forward to at this year's 2023 Grammy Awards. The music awards show will honor the 50th anniversary of hip-hop with a genre-spanning performance by some of the biggest names in the industry. The performance will feature appearances from Big Boi, Busta Rhymes, Spliff Star, De La Soul, DJ Drama, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Missy Elliott, Future, Glorilla, Grandmaster Flash, Grandmaster Mele Mel, Scorpio, Ice-T, Lil Baby, Lil Wayne, the Lox, Method Man, Nelly, Public Enemy, Queen Latifah, Rahiem, Rakim, Run-D.M.C., Salt-N-Pepa, DJ Spinderella, Scarface and Swizz Beatz.
While most of the performers at the Grammys are known for their awards, Missy Elliot is making an appearance for one very special reason. The rapper has been nominated for a spot in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
The nomination comes as a major achievement for Elliott, who has long been considered to be among the most influential female hip-hop artists of all time. Throughout her career, the 53-year-old has won multiple Grammys and received numerous accolades.
After starting her career as a songwriter and rapper, Elliott went on to release her first solo album, Supa Dupa Fly, in 1997. She worked with director Hype Williams to create a series of eye-popping videos that helped propel her to the top of the hip-hop scene.
In her early career, Elliott made contributions to various songs including Raven-Symone's "That's What Little Girls Are Made Of" and Jodeci's "Diary of a Mad Band." She was also a member of the Swing Mob, a production group that worked with Timbaland.
She also rapped on Aaliyah's debut single, "Lady Marmalade," and released her own hit singles, "Get Ur Freak On" and "Scream a.k.a. Itchin'."
During her career, she has won two Grammy Awards and has been nominated for more than 40. She has sold over five million records worldwide and is considered one of the most successful female rap artists in the history of music. She is the first rapper inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and has been named a 2019 Michael Jackson Video Vanguard.
In addition to hosting the Grammy Awards for five years, LL Cool J has been involved in many other projects. He has hosted and produced the Jimmy Fallon-executive produced show Lip Sync Battle on Spike TV, which is one of the most watched original programs on the network. He also produces his own classic hip-hop channel on SiriusXM, Rock the Bells Radio.
LL Cool J, born in Bay Shore, is an actor, singer and rapper who has garnered several accolades throughout his career. He is a two-time Grammy Award winner for his rap solo performances "Mama Said Knock You Out" and "Hey Lover," and he currently stars on the CBS hit primetime series NCIS: LOS ANGELES. He received a NAACP Image Award four times and has been nominated three more times for his role as Special Agent Sam Hanna.
He is scheduled to perform at the Grammy Awards on Sunday, and he will also present the Global Impact Award. He will also introduce a tribute segment dedicated to the 50th anniversary of hip hop, curated by Questlove and featuring performances from Big Boi, Busta Rhymes with Spliff Star, De La Soul, DJ Drama, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Missy Elliott, Future, GloRilla, Grandmaster Flash, Grandmaster Mele Mel & Scorpio/Ethiopian King, Ice-T, Lil Baby, Lil Wayne, The Lox, Method Man, Nelly, Public Enemy, Queen Latifah, Rahiem, Rakim, RUN-DMC, Salt-N-Pepa and Spinderella, Scarface, Swizz Beatz and Too $hort.
This performance is part of Paramount Global’s companywide initiative to celebrate the 50th anniversary of hip hop, which includes new and returning content offerings and initiatives across its leading broadcast, cable, streaming and digital brands. The Grammys will also air a Hip-Hop 50 event later in 2023.
Stevie Wonder is a legendary singer-songwriter who has been honored with 22 Grammy awards. He is known for his dance hits and love songs, but he also has been an advocate for political and social justice. He has written songs about racial harmony, HIV/AIDS awareness and world hunger.
As one of the most influential and pioneering artists in popular music, Wonder helped shape a variety of genres that include rhythm and blues, pop, soul, gospel, funk and jazz. He is credited as one of the artists who helped drive R&B into the album era, crafting his LPs as cohesive and consistent statements with complex compositions.
During his peak years, Wonder was a virtual one-man band, using synthesizers and other electronic musical instruments to expand the sound of his music. In the 1970s, he used these tools to reshape R&B, introducing elements of funk, jazz and other styles into his music.
He also used these musical tools to help create a new genre, "soul." His style and use of electronic instruments made him one of the most innovative songwriters in modern music.
The Grammy Awards will feature a performance by Wonder, who will be receiving this year's Lifetime Achievement Award. He will also be joined by Smokey Robinson, eight-time Grammy winner Chris Stapleton and Bad Bunny for a special performance.
The Recording Academy announced that the In Memoriam segment will include breakout tributes to three diverse artists who have died in recent months. Kacey Musgraves will perform Loretta Lynn's classic song, "Coal Miner's Daughter"; Sheryl Crow, Mick Fleetwood and Bonnie Raitt will perform Fleetwood Mac's 1977 hit, “Songbird”; and Maverick City Music will join Quavo for his sentimental ballad, “Without You.” The performers are scheduled to be introduced by LL Cool J. The segment is set to air on February 5.