The illustrious Dr. Dre will be honored by the Recording Academy for his innovative production work. On January 22, 2020, the music industry’s most celebrated producers, engineers and artistic professionals will head to the iconic Village studios in West Los Angeles for the Recording Academy’s 13th annual Producers & Engineers Wing — the official kick off event for Grammy week.
“Dr. Dre is an influential force in music,” President/CEO of the Recording Academy Deborah Dugan said in a statement on the Recording Academy’s website. “Dre breaks boundaries and inspires music creators across every genre. His evolution as a producer solidifies him as a leader of the pack within our industry, and we watch in amazement as he continues to shape the future of music.”
Dre got his start in the early ’80s with the World Class Wreckin’ Cru before totally switching course to co-found the pioneering West Coast gangsta rap group N.W.A. He ultimately launched his own lucrative solo career with albums such as The Chronic and 2001. During the course of his storied career, he’s produced and engineered music for a laundry list of notable acts, including Snoop Dogg, Eminem and the late Tupac Shakur. He’s also won six Grammys, three of which he took home as a producer or engineer.
Outside of Hip Hop, he’s produced Top 10 hits for pop/R&B artists Gwen Stefani, Michel’le and Mary J. Blige. In 2008, he founded Beats electronics with famed record executive Jimmy Iovine. Six years later, they launched a streaming subscription service called Beats Music.
In 2014, Apple acquired both in a $3 billion deal, making Dre one of the wealthiest artists in the business.