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Hip-Hop Legends DJ Kool Herc and N.W.A. to Receive Lifetime Achievement Awards at 2024 Grammy Awards

Written by on January 5, 2024

 Hip-Hop Legends DJ Kool Herc and N.W.A. to Receive Lifetime Achievement Awards at 2024 Grammy Awards


In a historic and long-awaited moment for the world of hip-hop, the Recording Academy has announced that two iconic figures in the genre, DJ Kool Herc and N.W.A., are set to receive Lifetime Achievement Awards at the 66th Annual Grammy Awards in 2024. This momentous occasion will not only recognize the immense contributions of these artists to the music industry but also highlight the lasting impact of hip-hop on the global cultural landscape.

DJ Kool Herc: The Father of Hip-Hop

Born Clive Campbell in Kingston, Jamaica, DJ Kool Herc moved to the South Bronx, New York, in the early 1970s. It was there that he would make history by hosting a party at 1520 Sedgwick Avenue on August 11, 1973, which is widely regarded as the birth of hip-hop. Using his innovative DJing techniques, Kool Herc introduced the world to the breakbeat, a technique of extending the instrumental breaks in songs, creating a groove that would become the foundation of hip-hop music.

Kool Herc’s influence on hip-hop culture cannot be overstated. His pioneering DJing techniques and ability to energize crowds with his turntable skills laid the groundwork for the art of DJing and the emergence of rap music. He is not only celebrated for his technical prowess but also for his role in fostering a sense of community and creativity in the South Bronx during a time of social and economic challenges.

N.W.A.: Pioneers of Gangsta Rap

N.W.A. (N****s With Attitude) burst onto the hip-hop scene in the late 1980s with a raw and unapologetic style that would forever change the landscape of rap music. The group, consisting of Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Eazy-E, MC Ren, and DJ Yella, fearlessly addressed issues of police brutality, racial inequality, and urban life in their lyrics, giving voice to the frustrations and experiences of many young African Americans.

Their debut album, “Straight Outta Compton,” released in 1988, became a cultural phenomenon, sparking conversations about freedom of expression and pushing boundaries in music. The controversial track “F*** Tha Police” drew the attention of law enforcement agencies and solidified N.W.A.’s place as fearless advocates for social change through music.

Despite controversies and lineup changes, the members of N.W.A. went on to have successful solo careers, contributing to the evolution of hip-hop in various ways, including producing, acting, and entrepreneurship. Their impact on hip-hop’s evolution into a global phenomenon is immeasurable.

The Grammy Lifetime Achievement Awards

The Grammy Lifetime Achievement Awards are given to artists and industry professionals who have made significant and enduring contributions to the music industry. DJ Kool Herc and N.W.A. join a prestigious list of recipients who have shaped the course of music history.

This recognition of hip-hop pioneers like DJ Kool Herc and N.W.A. at the 2024 Grammy Awards is a testament to the genre’s cultural significance and enduring relevance. As hip-hop continues to evolve and influence artists worldwide, these awards highlight the enduring impact of the genre’s early pioneers.


The upcoming Grammy Awards in 2024 promise to be a historic and emotional event as DJ Kool Herc and N.W.A. are set to receive Lifetime Achievement Awards for their groundbreaking contributions to hip-hop music and culture. Their influence on the genre has shaped the course of music history and continues to resonate with fans and artists alike. This recognition serves as a reminder of the power of music to inspire change and create lasting legacies, leaving no doubt that the legacy of DJ Kool Herc and N.W.A. will endure for generations to come.