Ice Cube, along with MC Ren, DJ Yella, The D.O.C., as well as Eazy-E’s son, Lil Eazy, and others, accepted the Recoding Academy’s Lifetime Achievement.
The Recording Academy: N.W.A. awarded by the Grammys with the 2024 Lifetime Achievement Award
N.W.A receives Grammys Lifetime Achievement Award.
On Saturday (February 3), N.W.A became the fifth rap group to receive the honor from the Recording Academy, joining Run-DMC, Public Enemy, Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five and Salt-N-Pepa.
The legendary West Coast group was recognized as part of the Special Merit Awards Grammys, which according to the Recording Academy, are given to those artists who the Academy believes have made “significant contributions, other than performance, to the field of recording.”
N.W.A is the fifth Hip Hop group in the past eight years to receive the honor, following in the footsteps of Run-DMC, Public Enemy, Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five, and Salt-N-Pepa.
Group member Eazy-E received the honor posthumously, alongside the likes of Donna Summer and Tammy Wynette.
Ice Cube accepted the award on behalf of the rest of his colleagues on Saturday (February 3). Cube explained at the podium why Dr. Dre was a no show — and sent a special message to all in attendance.
“My man, Dr. Dre, is not here. He wanted to make sure I let you know he’s not hating. He a billionaire. He got shit to do,” he said. “This is actually Eazy-E’s vision. He’s the one who allowed us to do this type of music.”
He continued: “We knew when we started to do music in 1985, ’86, ’87 that a Grammy was not in the cards for us, with the type of music we was doing. We actually didn’t think we would ever even get on the radio. We was cool with that.
“We can’t sing like Gladys. None of us can hold a note like the Clark sisters. But we still wanted to express ourselves and try to make sense of the world around us, in L.A., Compton, South Central, Long Beach, Watts. It was a different world out there, and we were trying to make sense of it. And what we did is, we did music. We did music from our hearts.”.
Watch N.W.A. members giving their acceptance speeches can be viewed above.