Run DMC to be First Rap Act to Win Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award; Herbie Hancock, Earth Wind & Fire Also Among Honorees to Win Lifetime Achievement Award at 2016 Grammys

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 13: Musician Herbie Hancock, winner of the Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s) award for "Imagine" and the Best Improvised Jazz Solo award for "A Change Is Gonna Come" poses in the press room at The 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards held at Staples Center on February 13, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA – FEBRUARY 13: Musician Herbie Hancock, winner of the Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s) award for “Imagine” and the Best Improvised Jazz Solo award for “A Change Is Gonna Come” poses in the press room at The 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards held at Staples Center on February 13, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Run DMC are headed for another first. Since becoming the first rap group to release a gold-certified album in the US – their eponymous 1984 debut – and the first to receive a multi-platinum album certification for 1986’s Raising Hell, they are due to be the first rappers to earn the Recording Academy’s Grammy lifetime achievement award.

“I just got a call from the Grammys!!” Joseph Simmons AKA Rev Run tweeted on Wednesday. “They shocked me!! We’re the first rappers to get this award!! Shocked! Grateful! God is good!!! I’m so honored to be a #GRAMMYs Lifetime Achievement Award recipient this year. Thank you to the Recording Academy!” Simmons and Darryl “DMC” McDaniels are the two surviving members of the group, since Jason Mizell AKA Jam Master Jay was shot dead in 2002.

The rappers are due to be honoured along with late R&B singer Ruth Brown, jazz legend Herbie Hancock, R&B pioneers Earth, Wind & Fire, psych-rockers Jefferson Airplane, late Cuban salsa singer Celia Cruz, and 11-time Grammy award-winning folk and country musician Linda Ronstadt.

The Recording Academy, the organisation behind the Grammys, honours performers who are seen to have made a notable contribution to recorded music with the annual lifetime achievement award.

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SOURCE: The Guardian

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