Dr. Dre and Missy Elliott will host the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)’s upcoming RIAA Honors: Pioneers of Hip Hop event on September 14 in Washington D.C.
Held at RIAA headquarters, the ceremony will honor MC Lyte, Grandmaster Flash, Universal Music Group’s Jeff Harleston and House Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries, who’ve all pushed the culture forward in some way. Dre and Elliott will appear virtually, joined by on-site presenters DJ Kool and Yo-Yo. Meanwhile, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Mix Master Mike and Rapsody are all booked to perform.
“At this year’s RIAA Honors, we are thrilled to celebrate pioneers who have defied obstacles, defined a genre and accelerated the growth of Hip Hop to audiences across generations and geography,” RIAA Chairman and CEO Mitch Glazier said in a statement. “Congratulations and thank you, Grandmaster Flash, MC Lyte, Jeff Harleston and chairman Hakeem Jeffries for your contributions to this diverse musical landscape and setting the stage for creators to come.”
Mix Master Mike, who dropped his most recent album Ready Slayer One in July, tells HipHopDX: “It’s an honor to be chosen to perform a tribute set for a true pioneer of Hip Hop Flash is one of the reasons why I’m who I am.”
Elliott will receive an honor of her own in the near future. According to WTKR, Portsmouth City Council voted unanimously on August 9 to rename a local street to Missy Elliott Boulevard. The decision pays homage to the decorated Portsmouth native, which Elliott acknowledged on Twitter.
“I am forever GRATEFUL,” she wrote alongside a tweet from WTKR anchor Blaine Stewart. “P-TOWN VA #757 LOVE.”