April 1, 2023

Questlove Will Co-Curate a Hip-Hop 50 Performance During the 2023 Grammys

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In partnership with Mass Appeal, Questlove will co-curate the Hip-Hop 50 tribute during the 65th Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday night.

Questlove is bringing Hip-Hop 50 to the 65th Annual Grammy Awards in a major way. On Sunday, February 5, the six time Grammy-winner and Oscar-winning filmmaker will co-curate the Hip-Hop 50 tribute performance in partnership with media company Mass Appeal. The performance, part of the Paramount Global initiative, will include “some of the biggest names from the genre coming together to celebrate hip-hop history — its past, its present, its future,” per a statement from Quest.

Mass Appeal founder, Nas, had his first Grammy performance last year, performing a medley of classics including  “Made You Look,” “One Mic,” and “Rare,” backed by a band with Robert Glasper on piano. Scheduled to perform at this year’s ceremony are Mary J. Blige, Steve Lacy, Lizzo, Bad Bunny, Sam Smith and more.

Hip-hop’s relationship with the Grammys is fairly recent, as the Recording Academy introduced first hip-hop category Best Rap Performance in 1989. Winning the inaugural award with DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince for “Parents Just Don’t Understand.” The Grammys’ acceptance of hip-hop has evolved, with additional categories Best Rap Album, Best Melodic Rap Performance and Best Rap Song. Nominated this in the rap categories year are artists Kendrick Lamar, Pusha T, Jack Harlow, Future, Doja Cat, Latto, Gunna, GloRilla and more.

The 2023 Grammys will be broadcast live from Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles Sunday, February 5 at 5PM PT/8 PM ET on CBS.

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