FILE – In this April 8, 2016, file photo, inductees MC Ren, from left, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube and DJ Yella from N.W.A appear at the 31st Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Barclays Center in New York. In the five decades since hip-hop emerged out of New York City, it has spread around the country and the world. And at each step there’s been change and adaptation, as new, different voices came in and made it their own. Some in hip-hop pulled no punches, using the art form and the culture as a no-holds-barred way of showcasing the troubles of their lives. Often those messages have been met with fear or disdain in the mainstream. When N.W.A. came “Straight Outta Compton” in 1988 with loud, brash tales of police abuse and gang life, radio stations recoiled. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)
The Recording Academy will honor N.W.A. members for their outstanding contributions to the music industry and artistic significance.
N.W.A. never received a Grammy, but they have received recognition from the Grammy Hall of Fame, the Library of Congress, and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. In 2024, they will receive the Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award. The Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles, California, will host the award ceremony on February 3, miles from N.W.A.’s Compton hometown.
The Recording Academy’s National Trustees also selected Donna Summer, Gladys Knight, Tammy Wynette, Laurie Anderson, and The Clark Sisters as this year’s recipients.