Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, Joseph “Reverend Run” Simmons and the late Jason “Jam Master Jay” Mizell are going to blaze trails with this achievement, too, much like they’ve done throughout their historic career.
“I just got a call from the Grammys,” Run shared in a tweet 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!”
The Queens, New York, group’s iconic run includes classics like “My Adidas,” “It’s Like That,” and their genre-bending Aerosmith collab “Walk This Way.”
Ruth Brown, Celia Cruz, Earth, Wind & Fire, Herbie Hancock, Jefferson Airplane and Linda Ronstadt are also slated to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award this year.
The 58th Annual Grammy celebration is scheduled to air live on CBS on Feb. 15.