According to a report from SanFranciscoGate.com, Dr. Dre, one of the most iconic hip-hop producers of all time who has worked with some of the biggest names in the game including Snoop Dogg, Tupac, and Eminem, is gearing up to receive an honorary award from the Recording Academy.
Reportedly, the event will take place on the 22nd of January at Village Studios in LA. It’ll be approximately four days before the 2020 Grammy Awards as well. Thus far in his illustrious career, Dr. Dre has taken home six Grammies including three for being a producer or an engineer.
Fans of Dre know that he first came to prominence in one of the most influential rap groups of all time, NWA. He produced their 1988 debut record, Straight Outta Compton. Following the group’s dissolution, he went on to produce for Anderson Paak, Xzibit, Busta Rhymes, Nas, Jay-Z, 50 Cent, Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, Tupac, and Eminem.
In addition to playing a huge role in the hip-hop and rap scene, he worked for other stars like Mary J. Blige, Michel’le, and Gwen Stefani, furthermore, his work with Mary J. Blige saw her receive her first song on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Family Affair.”
Additionally, his contributions to the business world and the general zeitgeist expanded through electronics, as he first created Beats Electronics in 2008 with Jimmy Iovine. Approximately six years later, both parties launched Beats Music.
Apple subsequently purchased both of the companies for $3 billion in 2014. While Dre’s accomplishment list has been immense, he has also come under attack in the past, including for his treatment of women, and perhaps most recently, for his young daughter.
Following the rise of the college admissions scandal near the beginning of the year, Dre released a tweet in which he stated his daughter made it into the school on her own accord, however, Twitter users reported that perhaps his multi-million-dollar donation played a role in her acceptance.
The music producer and hip-hop pioneer donated a large sum of money to the university back in 2013.