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Grammys Tap LL Cool J, Questlove and a Slew of Hip-Hop Stars to Celebrate Art Form's 50th Anniversary

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The Recording Academy will celebrate the 50th anniversary of hip-hop on Sunday with a star-studded tribute.

To showcase the rich history of the genre and its continued global influence, the 65th Annual Grammy Awards will feature performances by a slew of its most exciting, eclectic and impactful artists.

“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, said in a statement. “Its 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 yearlong celebration of this essential genre of music.”

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 will perform.

Rapper LL Cool J — who will also perform and give a dedication to the art form — will introduce the Questlove-produced segment. The Roots will provide backing music, and the hip-hop ensemble Black Thought will provide narration.

CBS will broadcast the show live from Los Angeles' Arena. In addition, it will be available to stream live and on-demand on Paramount+.

Check your local listings for further information.

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