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Dr. Dre to Receive first-ever Hip Hop Icon Award at the 2023 Rhythm & Soul Music Awards

Dr. Dre to receive inaugural ASCAP Hip-Hop Icon Award.

Dr. Dre to receive inaugural Hip-Hop Icon Award from music licensing group ASCAP

Dr. Dre's icon status continues with ASCAP Hip Hop Award.

This marks the 2nd major award for the hip-hop icon in the last several months.

According to the official press release for the ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards announced that Dre will receive the first-ever ASCAP Hip Hop Icon Award, which recognizes unmatched impact to Hip Hop’s art and culture.

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). The honor is given to those “whose musical contributions have made an indelible impact on the art and culture of hip-hop,” per the AP. The celebration is set to go down in Los Angeles on Thursday (June 22), at at the org’s Rhythm & Soul Music Awards Celebration of 50 Years of Hip-Hop. DJ Drama and DJ Kid Capri are set to provide the musical entertainment for the night.

“Dr. Dre’s groundbreaking early work laid a foundation for Hip-Hop as we know it today. As a champion for some of today’s biggest artists and a successful entrepreneur, he changed the culture around Hip-Hop,” said ASCAP chairman of the board and president Paul Williams in a statement. “Dre continues to be a pivotal figure in the music industry and we are thrilled to recognize him with the inaugural ASCAP Hip-Hop Icon Award as we mark 50 years of Hip-Hop.”


Dr. Dre’s latest award comes after he was given the inaugural Dr. Dre Global Impact Award at the 65th Annual Grammy’s on February 5.

The award was created in partnership with the Recording Academy’s Black Music Collective and “recognizes the contributors, creatives and professionals with a proven track record of uplifting Black music.”

“I’m extremely moved by this award,” Dre said at the podium. “I want to say thank you to the Recording Academy and the Black Music Collective for this honor, and I know everybody in here probably knows this already, but this is the 50th anniversary of Hip Hop. Make some noise for Hip Hop!

“Where would a lot of people be without Hip Hop, to be honest? Hip Hop became a lifeline for me as a teenager growing up in Compton, and it started with a song called ‘The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash on the Wheels of Steel.’


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