In a groundbreaking event held at Vice President Kamala Harris’ official residence, the celebration of Hip-Hop’s 50th Anniversary reached new heights. The Vice President, in collaboration with the Recording Academy’s Black Music Collective and Live Nation Urban, hosted an unforgettable evening paying tribute to the genre that has left an indelible mark on American culture and beyond.
The star-studded event brought together more than 400 attendees, including industry legends, artists, and influential figures from the world of Hip-Hop. The festivities showcased the five pillars of Hip-Hop – MC, DJ, Breakdance, Graffiti, and Beatbox – symbolizing the diverse facets that have shaped the movement over the years.
Performances by Black Alley Band, Common, D-Nice, DJ Domo, Doug E. Fresh, Fat Joe, Gravity and breakers, Jeezy, Lil Wayne, MC Lyte, Remy Ma, Saba, Slick Rick, Too $hort, and Wale electrified the crowd, leaving no doubt about the genre’s enduring impact.
Vice President Kamala Harris expressed her admiration for Hip-Hop, emphasizing its reflection of the diversity and ingenuity of the American people. She said, “Hip-hop shapes nearly every aspect of America’s culture. It is an ethos of ambition and aspiration.”
Harvey Mason Jr., CEO of the Recording Academy, applauded the collaboration with Vice President Harris and the Black Music Collective, stating, “We’re so proud of the Black Music Collective’s diligent work alongside Vice President Kamala Harris’ office and Live Nation Urban to honor all aspects of Hip-Hop culture.” Mason Jr. also highlighted the Recording Academy’s ongoing commitment to celebrate and advocate for this revolutionary music.
Ryan Butler, Vice President of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and Black Music Collective Staff Advisor, expressed his pride in curating this historic celebration. Butler stated, “This event perfectly embodied everything that we at the Black Music Collective are about.” He further explained that the focus on the MC, DJ, Breakdance, Graffiti, and Beatbox pillars allowed them to celebrate the distinct elements of a culturally significant movement.
With Hip-Hop’s 50th Anniversary marking a monumental milestone, this star-studded celebration served as a testament to the genre’s enduring influence. As the industry continues to evolve, events like these remind us of the rich history, profound impact, and ongoing legacy of Hip-Hop.
About the Black Music Collective:
The Black Music Collective serves as a hub for power players in Black music across all genres under the GRAMMY® roof. It brings together creative geniuses and business leaders to set unified goals, align on a shared agenda, and build community. The collective aims to elevate Black voices and talent while fostering a more inclusive and equitable music industry.