Run DMC are headed for another first. They are the 1st rap group to release a gold-certified album in the U.S., the first to obtain a multi-platinum album certification in 1986, and now as a result of such hard work they will be the first rappers to earn the Recording Academy’s Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
“I just got a call from the Grammys!!” Joseph Simmons AKA Rev Run tweeted 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!” Simmons and Darryl “DMC” McDaniels are the two surviving members of the group, since Jason Mizell AKA Jam Master Jay was shot and killed in 2002.
The rappers are to be honored together with late R&B singer Ruth Brown, jazz legend Herbie Hancock, R&B pioneers Earth, Wind & Fire, psych-rockers Jefferson Airplane, late Cuban salsa singer Celia Cruz, and 11-time Grammy award winner Linda Ronstadt. The 2016 Grammy Awards ceremony will be held on Monday, February 15, 2016 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.