Grammy Awards to celebrate 50 years of hip hop

LL Cool J will introduce the segment, perform & give dedication to genre

The lineup for the 65th Annual Grammy Awards has expanded with the addition of a historic segment celebrating the 50th anniversary of hip hop in 2023 showcasing the genre’s rich history and continued global influence with electrifying performances by 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. LL Cool J will introduce the segment, perform and give a dedication to hip hop. Questlove will serve as producer and musical director, music will be provided by The Roots and Black Thought will narrate.

This Grammy segment is being produced by Questlove, Jesse Collins, Patrick Menton of Fulwell 73, Creative Producer Fatima Robinson, and Questlove’s manager and President of LNU, Shawn Gee.

The all-star performance is part of Paramount Global’s companywide initiative to honor the 50th anniversary of hip hop. Paramount announced an extensive slate of new and returning content offerings and initiatives that celebrates the culture across the media and entertainment company’s portfolio of leading broadcast, cable, streaming and digital brands. In partnership with the Recording Academy, CBS will broadcast a special hip hop music event later in 2023.

Additional Grammy performers include Bad Bunny, Mary J. Blige, Brandi Carlile, Luke Combs, Steve Lacy, Lizzo, Kim Petras, Sam Smith, and Harry Styles. Kacey Musgraves will honor Loretta Lynn, Sheryl Crow, Mick Fleetwood and Bonnie Raitt will pay homage to Christine McVie and Maverick City Music joins Quavo for a tribute to Takeoff for the In Memoriam segment.

Live from Arena in Los Angeles and hosted by Trevor Noah, the 65th Annual Grammy Awards will be broadcast live on Sunday, February 5th at 8 pm ET/5 pm PT on the CBS Television Network and will be available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+. Prior to the Telecast, the Grammy Awards Premiere Ceremony will be broadcast live from the Microsoft Theater at 12:30 pm PT and will be streamed live on

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