The Grammy week kickoff will be especially exciting for true hip hop heads this year, the legendary six time Grammy winner DR. Dre is being honoured. The event is being held in Los Angeles on January 22, 2020 at Village Studios.
DR. Dre’s influence on producers and engineers around the world is notorious and sure to be in our history books for the rest of the ages, being honored at the Grammy Kickoff is certainly well deserved.
The Grammy Recording Academy also stated in their press release that in addition to celebrating DR. Dre’s legacy they will be “saluting the overall industry influence of the Producers & Engineers Wing’s more than 6,400 professional members and their commitment to creativity and technical prowess in the field of recording”.
62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards® on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, airing live on the CBS Television Network, at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
ABOUT DR. DRE
Six-time GRAMMY Award-winning artist and producer Dr. Dre was born in Compton, Calif., as Andre Young and began his music career as a member of the World Class Wreckin’ Cru. Shortly after, Dre co-founded the legendary group N.W.A. with Ice Cube, MC Ren, DJ Yella, and the late Eazy-E. They brought the rage and intensity of life in South Central Los Angeles to a global consciousness with their landmark album, Straight Outta Compton. In 1992, Dre released his solo debut, The Chronic. Dre also co-founded Death Row Records that same year, where he worked with artists like Snoop Dogg and Tupac, establishing West Coast hip-hop.
In 1996, Dre launched Aftermath Entertainment, where over the years he discovered hip-hop superstars such as 50 Cent, The Game, Kendrick Lamar, and Eminem, whose 1999 debut, The Slim Shady LP, sold nine million copies, with Anderson .Paak up next. He continues to be one of the most influential and sought after producers and voices of today’s generation. He followed it with a second solo album, the six-time platinum 2001.
In 2008, Dre co-founded Beats Electronics, the audio consumer electronics company, with Jimmy Iovine. In January 2014, they launched Beats Music—a subscription streaming service. Apple acquired both in July 2014. In 2013, Iovine and Dre gave a $70 million endowment to the University of Southern California to create the USC Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy for Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation—a new model for training and inspiring young innovators.
He also produced the Oscar nominated feature Straight Outta Compton (2015), a film that tells the true story of how Dre, along with his N.W.A. counterparts, formed this revolutionary group and spoke the truth that no one had before, pushed back against the authorities and ignited a social revolution that is still reverberating today. In 2016, the group’s immense influence and reach was once again confirmed as they were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
In 2017, Dre and Iovine partnered once again to help create the four-part GRAMMY Award-winning and Emmy nominated HBO docuseries The Defiant Ones. The series told the decades long story of Dre and Iovine’s innovative and transformative partnership.
Source: The Recording Academy