The legendary rap group Run-D.M.C. will receive a lifetime achievement award at the 2016 Grammys. Despite their contribution to hip-hop and influence on aspiring rappers over the past decades, it will be the first Grammy for the collective over their storied career. In 1986 they were nominated for Best R&B Vocal Performance, largely due to the rap category not yet being created, but walked away empty handed. Now the trio will see to their honorary reorganization.
In addition to Run-D.M.C.’s lifetime achievement award, the Recording Academy announced the complete Special Merit Awards recipients including Ruth Brown, Celia Cruz, Earth, Wind & Fire, Herbie Hancock, Jefferson Airplane, and Linda Ronstadt to join Run-D.M.C.
A special ceremony and concert celebrating the honorees will be held in the spring, with additional details regarding the ceremony to be announced in the coming weeks.
"Each year, The Academy has the distinct privilege of honoring those who have greatly contributed to our industry and cultural heritage, and this year we have a gifted and brilliant group of honorees," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy." Their exceptional accomplishments, contributions, and artistry will continue to influence and inspire generations to come."
The 58th Annual Grammy Awards will be broadcasted live on CBS on February 15.