The Recording Academy will celebrate the 50th anniversary of hip-hop with a genre-spanning performance at the 2023 Grammy Awards. 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 and Spinderella, Scarface, Swizz Beatz, and Too $hort will perform during the segment. Questlove will serve as musical director and producer, and LL Cool J will introduce the event, perform, and give a dedication.
“For five decades, hip-hop has not only been a defining force in music, but a major influence on our culture,” Harvey Mason Jr., CEO of the Recording Academy, shared in a statement. “It’s 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.”
Yesterday, the Recording Academy announced that Kacey Musgraves, Sheryl Crow, Bonnie Raitt, and Quavo will also perform at this year’s Grammy Awards as part of the in memoriam segment. Musgraves will honor Loretta Lynn with a cover of “Coal Miner’s Daughter”; Crow and Raitt will join Mick Fleetwood for a live rendition of Fleetwood Mac’s “Songbird” celebrating the life and career of Christine McVie; and Quavo will pay tribute to his Migos relative and bandmate Takeoff, performing his recent song “Without You” alongside the Atlanta gospel group Maverick City Music.
The 2023 Grammys will take place on Sunday, February 5, at Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles. The ceremony will be broadcast live on CBS and be available to stream live and on-demand via Paramount+. Trevor Noah will host the event, which will include performances from Harry Styles, Bad Bunny, Mary J. Blige, and others.