At the 2023 Grammy Awards, hip-hop was celebrated in the most star-studded and epic way. LL Cool J took the stage and presented the Dr. Dre Global Impact Award, with Dre giving a speech when accepting the trophy. LL then introduced a performance that featured The Roots, split into three chapters to tell the history of hip-hop. From Run-DMC to Missy Elliott and Busta Rhymes, the show was a can’t-miss.
The audience, including Jay-Z, Pharrell and Shania Twain, were in awe of the performance, with many taking to Twitter to express their excitement. From Sheryl Lee Ralph to Jackée Harry, the hip-hop tribute was praised for its celebration of the genre.
The performance also included Salt-N-Pepa and Spinderella, Grandmaster Flash, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Ice-T, Method Man, Big Boi, Nelly, City Spud, Too $hort, The Lox, Lil Wayne, Lil Baby, GloRilla, and Future. Each artist brought something unique to the stage, and the audience was in awe of their talent.
The night was a reminder of the powerful impact hip-hop has had on the music industry and culture. Not only did the performance showcase the amazing artists in the genre, but it also highlighted the inventors and visionaries who have made it what it is today.
The performance was met with great enthusiasm, but some people called out the show for not including artists like Lil Kim, Foxy Brown, Nicki Minaj, or Lauryn Hill. Regardless, the night was a powerful reminder of the importance of hip-hop and its influence on music and culture.