The Recording Academy is gearing up to honor one of hip-hop’s most futuristic producers. According to the Associated Press, the music organization’s Producers & Engineers Wing will gift Dr. Dre with the recognition on Jan. 22, 2020.
The six-time Grammy Award winner has been a forerunner in the music industry, predating his tenure in N.W.A as a member of World Class Wreckin’ Cru. Dre has also been known to craft melodies synonymous with hip-hop veterans like Snoop Dogg, Eve, Eminem and many more.
In a 2007 interview with The Los Angeles Times, Dre reminisced on his everlasting love of music, dating back to his adolescence. “I always loved the way music made me feel. I did sports at school and all, but when I got home, it was just music,” he said. “Everybody in my neighborhood loved music. I could jump the back fence and be in the park where there were ghetto blasters everywhere.”
In 2010, Dre took home two Gramophone; one for Eminem’s Relapse album as an engineer, and the other for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for Eminem and 50 Cent’s “Crack a Bottle” as a producer.