Hip-Hop and the Grammys may have a roller coaster relationship, but for every snub and misrepresentation of culture the academy does get a few things right. Whether it be memorable performances, award presentations, and thank you speeches hip-hop always finds a way to turn up at The Grammys. Here’s our favorite hip-hop memories on music’s biggest stage.
Check out Hip Hop My Way’s most memorable Grammy moments below!
Will Smith, Jazzy Jeff, LL Cool J, Russell Simmons boycott in 1989
In 1989, the Grammys awarded Best Rap Performance for the first time, but decided to not air the presentation. Many hip-hop figures felt slighted and boycotted the event.
Tupac Shakur presents an award with KISS in 1996.
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Tupac Shakur and Kiss presenting Best Pop Song is definitely a moment in it’s own. This was also Pac’s last ever public appearance.