Hip-hop To Be Honoured In 50th Anniversary Grammys Tribute

3 February 2023 | 8:36 am | Mary Varvaris

Featuring Missy Elliott, Future, Lil Wayne, Public Enemy, Run-DMC, Salt N Pepa and many more.

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The 50th anniversary of the hip-hop segment at the Grammy Awards will be honoured with a massive tribute at this year's ceremony.

With the ceremony taking place on Monday at noon (AEDT) and airing on Paramount+, Australian viewers can also watch the mega tribute. While Channel 7 aired the event last year, there's currently no information about the Grammys being televised on free-to-air stations.

The Grammys 50th anniversary tribute to hip-hop will be introduced by LL Cool J, produced and musically directed by Questlove, with The Roots on board as the backing band. 

Per Spin, these are the hip-hop legends who will take the stage on Monday: 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.

We're represented by local legends Rüfüs Du Sol at this year's Grammy Awards, who are up against the likes of Beyoncé, Bonobo, David Guetta and Bebe Rexha, Kaytranda featuring H.E.R.; Odesza, and Diplo and Miguel. The group's track, On My Knees, has been nominated for Best Dance/Electronic Recording, while the latest Rüfüs album, Surrender, received a nomination for Best Dance/Electronic Album.

Additionally, NYC-based contemporary jazz musician Linda May Han Oh, originally from Perth, has scored a nomination in the Best Jazz Instrumental Album category alongside Terri Lyne Carrington, Kris Davis, Nicholas Payton and Matthew Stevens for New Standards Vol. 1. As noted by Sydney Morning Herald last year, the acclaimed musician was the inspiration for the double bass player, Miho, in Pixar’s Soul, a film in which she also contributed music to.

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For King + Country have received a nod in the Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song for their track For God Is With Us (featuring Hillary Scott). The fellow nominees are God Really Loves Us (Radio Version) by Crowder (featuring Dante Bowe), DOE's So Good, Maverick City Music & Kirk Franklin with Fear Is Not My Future, Holy Forever by Chris Tomlin, and Hymn Of Heaven (Radio Version) by Phil Wickham. 

Hip-hop was recently honoured in sports, too. The 2022 Super Bowl delivered "radical love" with a headline performance by Dr Dre, Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Mary J Blige, 50 Cent and Kendrick Lamar. "Hip hop is the biggest genre of music on the planet right now, so it's crazy that it took all of this and all of this time for us to be recognised," Dr Dre said at a pre-show conference.