dr Dre, Missy Elliott and Lil Wayne honored at pre-Grammy event

LOS ANGELES — When Lil Wayne was honored for his musical achievements, the rapper said during a pre-Grammy event that also featured Dr. Dre and Missy Elliott paid homage, of what little he’s been credited with before in his career.

“I’m not being honored,” Wayne remarked Thursday night at the Recording Academy’s Black Music Collective event in Los Angeles, where he, Dre and Elliott received the Dr. Dre Global Impact Award. The honorees received the renamed award for their personal and professional achievements in the music industry.

DJ Khaled presented Wayne with the award and a hug, while Drake and Deion Sanders paid tribute through video messages. Swizz Beatz, 2 Chainz and Tyga also performed some of Wayne’s hits.

During his acceptance speech, Wayne explained how the responsibility of making adult decisions was first placed on his shoulders at age 12, when he signed his first record deal with Cash Money. The 40-year-old rapper thanked his mother, his children’s mothers and his kids.

“Where I’m from, New Orleans, you shouldn’t be doing this,” the five-time Grammy winner continued as a crowd at the Hollywood Palladium cheered him on. “Where I’m from I went to my mother’s room when I was 14, she asked me for a child because my father was killed and her son had just exploded and went on his first tour. When I came home she said, ‘Son, I can’t live in this house by myself. We’ve got to come up with something.’”

Dre spoke of starting his musical journey with the initial thought of making enough money to “buy a decent pair of shoes” to wear to school. The producer and rapper recalled hearing hip-hop for the first time in junior high school and opened up about his talent for collaboration.

“One of my passions is collaborations,” said the seven-time Grammy winner. “I’ve never done anything alone in my entire career. I don’t even know if I want to be alone in the studio. It sounds boring.”

Dre was honored with performances by Snoop Dogg, Kurupt and Ty Dolla Sign. Dogg performed “Nuthin’ but a ‘G’ Thang” and “Deep Cover” before the three teamed up to play “Ain’t No Fun (If the Homies Can’t Have None)”, which was produced by Dre .

Some in the audience were brought to tears by Elliott’s heartfelt speech, in which he praised music executive Sylvia Rhone, who also received the Impact Award.

“She saw something in me that I didn’t see in myself,” the four-time Grammy winner said of Rhone, the CEO of Epic Records, who is considered one of the most influential executives in the industry. Rhone made history in 1994 when she was appointed President and CEO of Elektra Entertainment Group. At the time, she made the promotion the only African American and first woman to hold those titles.

“She never said ‘no’ to us,” continued Elliott, who recently became the first female rapper to receive a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nomination. “She never said to me, ‘You need to lose weight.’ She never said to me, ‘You need to change your records.'”

Chloe Bailey performed Elliott’s “One Minute Man” and sang a rendition of Aaliyah’s “One In a Million,” a song Elliott produced with Timbaland. Ciara and Tweet took the stage to perform Elliott’s hits while Busta Rhymes also performed in honor of Rhone.

The event was a night of celebration for the Black Music Collective, a group of prominent industry leaders formed in 2020 to explore ways to advance black representation and inclusion. Some of the Honorary Chairs include Jimmy Jam, Quincy Jones and John Legend, who shared last year’s Impact Award with MC Lyte and D-Nice.

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