Ace American rapper and record producer Andre Romelle Young professionally known as Dr. Dre is set to receive an honorary Grammy for his service to music and production.
The Recording Academy announced Friday that its Producers & Engineers Wing will honour the six time Grammy winner on January 22, at Village Studios in Los Angeles. Four day ahead of the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards, scheduled for January 26, 2020, at the Staples Center.
“Dr. Dre is an influential force in music,” said Deborah Dugan, President/CEO of the Recording Academy, in a press release.
“Dre breaks boundaries and inspires music creators across every genre. His evolution as a producer solidifies him as a leader of the pack within our industry, and we watch in amazement as he continues to shape the future of music.”
Born in Compton, California, Dre began his music career as a member of the World Class Wreckin’ Cru. Shortly after, Dre co-founded the legendary group N.W.A. with Ice Cube, MC Ren, DJ Yella, and the late Eazy-E. They brought the rage and intensity of life in South Central Los Angeles to a global consciousness with their landmark album, Straight Outta Compton.
In 1992, Dre released his solo debut, The Chronic. Dre also co-founded Death Row Records that same year, where he worked with artists like Snoop Dogg and Tupac, establishing West Coast hip-hop.
In 1996, Dre launched Aftermath Entertainment, where over the years he discovered hip-hop superstars such as 50 Cent, The Game, Kendrick Lamar, and Eminem. He followed it with a second solo album, the six-time platinum 2001.
In 2008, Dre co-founded Beats Electronics, the audio consumer electronics company, with Jimmy Iovine. In January 2014, they launched Beats Music—a subscription streaming service. Apple acquired both in July 2014.
Dre also produced the Oscar nominated feature Straight Outta Compton (2015).
In 2016, the group’s immense influence and reach was once again confirmed as they were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
In 2017, Dre and Iovine partnered once again to help create the four-part GRAMMY Award winning and Emmy nominated HBO docuseries The Defiant Ones.
Dr. Dre continues to be one of the most influential and sought after producers.