The Recording Academy announced Friday (Nov. 1) that its Producers & Engineers Wing will pay tribute to the music mogul and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Dr. Dre, for his game changing production work. The event will be held on Jan. 22 at Village Studios in Los Angeles, four days before the 2020 Grammys. Throughout the years, Dre has won six Grammys, three of which he took home as a producer or engineer.
Born in Compton, he made his way onto the music scene as a co-founding member of N.W.A., producing some of the group’s groundbreaking 1988 debut album, “Straight Outta Compton.” Going on to produce his own hits and multiplatinum albums, Dr. Dre also began crafting music for Eminem, Tupac, Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar, 50 Cent, Eve, Jay-Z, Nas, Busta Rhymes, Xzibit, The Game, Anderson .Paak and many more.
Dr. Dre has not only produced hits for top names in the rap game, but he also found success outside of rap, producing Top 10 pop hits for Gwen Stefani, Michel’le and Mary J. Blige helping the R&B queen top the Billboard Hot 100 chart for the first time with “Family Affair.” Dre also founded Beats Electronics in 2008 with Jimmy Iovine and six years later they launched a streaming subscription service, Beats Music. Apple acquired both in a $3 billion deal in 2014.