Run-DMC, Busta Rhymes, Nelly, Missy Elliott & More Celebrate 50th Anniversary Of Hip-Hop At 2023 GRAMMYs

During the 2023 GRAMMY awards ceremony, hip-hop fans got to witness a monumental performance which featured an all-star lineup of artists and a slew of throwback hits.  In honor of its 50th anniversary, the genre was celebrated with a 15-minute…

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Posted on February 6, 2023

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LL Cool J, Flavor Flav, Busta Rhymes, Lil Uzi Vert, Nelly, Spliff Star, Queen Latifah, Ice-T, Chuck D, Joseph Simmons, Darryl McDaniels, Grandmaster Flash, and Black Thought; Photo Courtesy of Getty Images for The Recording Academy

During the 2023 GRAMMY awards ceremony, hip-hop fans got to witness a monumental performance which featured an all-star lineup of artists and a slew of throwback hits. 

In honor of its 50th anniversary, the genre was celebrated with a 15-minute medley of songs stemming from the impressive catalog that has continued to evolve across several decades. In doing so, generations of hip-hop fans got to indulge in the past, present and future of the artists that have paved the way as well as those who are continuing to make movements in the genre.

Grandmaster Flash kicked off the performance, which proceeded to quickly move through the late 1970s and 1980s. This time period was represented by Run-DMC, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Salt-N-Pepa, Rakim and Public Enemy’s Chuck D and Flava Flav.

Artists like Queen Latifah, Big Boi of Outkast and Missy Elliott took to the stage in honor of the regions of the genre that includes gangster rap, Southern hip-hop and pop crossovers.

While enjoying the nostalgic performance, Busta Rhymes stole the show as he transitioned from his 1997 single, “Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See,” to his impressive speed on the verse of Chris Brown’s 2011 “Look at Me Now.”

Elliott also earned excitement from the audience with her performance of her 2005 hit, “Lose Control,” which was followed by Nelly’s “Hot in Herre,” Too Short’s “Blow the Whistle,” and more.

Finally, the evolution of hip-hop moved to a more present-day lineup of artists such as Lil Baby and GloRilla. Lil Uzi Vert was welcomed as the final performer of the set, alongside LL Cool J, for his viral hit, “Just Wanna Rock.”

This marked one of the many spectacular performances of the star-studded ceremony on Sunday (Feb. 5).

The 65th Annual GRAMMY Awards featured performances from Bad Bunny, Mary J. Blige, Brandi Carlile, Luke Combs, Steve Lacy, Lizzo, Kim Petras, Sam Smith, Harry Styles, Chris Stapleton, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson and more.

“Music’s Biggest Night” also included an all-star 50th Anniversary celebration of hip hop, which included 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 be on hand to introduce the segment and give a dedication to hip hop.

Several tributes also took place during the In Memoriam segment at the all-genre ceremony. Sheryl Crow, Mick Fleetwood and Bonnie Raitt paid homage to late Fleetwood Mac member, Christine McVie, with a performance of McVie’s “Songbird.”

Maverick City Music and Quavo also remembered the late Migos rapper, Takeoff, with a special tribute performance of “Without You,” a song that Quavo wrote after his passing.

First Lady Jill Biden, Cardi B, James Corden, Billy Crystal, Viola Davis, Dwayne Johnson, Olivia Rodrigo, and Shania Twain and more were on hand to present during the ceremony.

Beyoncé led the pack with nine nominations, including the prestigious Album Of The Year (Renaissance). Following behind Beyoncé are Kendrick Lamar with eight nods, Adele and Brandi Carlile with seven nominations as well as Mary J. Blige, DJ Khaled, Harry Styles, Future, The Dream and Randy Merrill have six. For a full list of 2023 GRAMMY nominees click HERE.

Prior to the GRAMMY Awards, several winners were revealed during the GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony at the Microsoft Theater in the City Of Angels. For a full list of winner, visit live.GRAMMY.com.

Co-hosted by GRAMMY-nominated comedian Trevor Noah, the 2023 GRAMMYs broadcasted live from Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 5 at 8/7c on CBS. The coveted awards ceremony also streamed live and on demand via Paramount+.

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