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In an announcement by the Recording Academy on Wednesday morning, the Grammys Special Merit Awards were revealed.
Rappers Run-D.M.C. were among the seven musical acts chosen to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award this year.
Ruth Brown, Celia Cruz, Earth, Wind & Fire, Herbie Hancock, Jefferson Airplane, and Linda Ronstadt will also be recognized.
While the award is an honor in itself, Run-D.M.C. will be the first rap artists to receive it.
Run-D.M.C. has enjoyed a history of firsts in the rap genre.
They were the first rappers to have an album go gold, platinum, and multi-platinum. They brought hip hop to the mainstream masses, becoming the first in their genre to receive a Grammy nomination and have music videos on MTV. Their landmark self-titled album introduced the dawn of new school hip-hop and has consistently been listed in Top 100 lists since its release in 1984.
One of the founding members of the group, Joseph “Reverend Run” Simmons tweeted his reaction to the nomination.
I just got a call from the Grammys!! They shocked me!! We're the first rappers to get this award!! Shocked! … https://t.co/xHlzCPAgHz
— Rev Run (@RevRunWisdom) January 13, 2016
Prior to receiving this award, Run-D.M.C. was also inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2009.
Run-D.M.C. and the other Lifetime Achievement Award recipients will be honored with a special ceremony and concert in coordination with the Grammys.
The 58th Grammy Awards will air on Monday, February 15th on CBS at 8 p.m. ET/PT.