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Run-D.M.C. will be presented the GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award next month, becoming the first rap artists to do so. Joseph “Rev Run” Simmons tweeted his excitement on Wednesday afternoon (Jan. 13):

Along with Run-D.M.C., Earth, Wind & Fire, Herbie Hancock, Jefferson Airplane, Linda Ronstadt, Celia Cruz and Ruth Brown will all be honored with lifetime trophies. Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow had this to say in a press release:

"Each year, The Academy has the distinct privilege of honoring those who have greatly contributed to our industry and cultural heritage, and this year we have a gifted and brilliant group of honorees. Their exceptional accomplishments, contributions, and artistry will continue to influence and inspire generations to come."

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