LL Cool J, Queen Latifah, hip-hop greats join forces for epic 50th anniversary Grammys tribute

The 65th Grammy Awards celebrated 50 years of hip-hop with a blow-out performance, kicked off by LL Cool J, that featured dozens of icons spanning generations performing onstage.

With Jay-Z leading the cheers from the Crypto.com arena, and DJ Khaled holding up his lighter to the music, the unrelenting tribute’s all-star lineup played their greatest hits.

“We always talk about Grammy moments,” Jimmy Jam predicted correctly to USA TODAY from the Grammy’s MusicCares party Friday night. “This is definitely going to be a Grammy moment.”

The line-up included Big Boi, Busta Rhymes with Spliff Star, De La Soul, DJ Drama, DJ Jazzy Jeff, GloRilla, Grandmaster Flash, Grandmaster Mele Mel with Scorpio and Ethiopian King, Ice-T, Lil Baby, Lil Uzi Vert, The Lox, Method Man, Missy Elliott, Nelly, Public Enemy, Queen Latifah, Questlove, Rahiem, Rakim, The Roots, Run-DMC, Salt-N-Pepa and DJ Spinderella, Scarface, Swizz Beatz and Too $hort.

The celebration of the genre was a joyous medley of classics paying homage to the greats, jumping from its early days with Grandmaster Flash, Run-DMC and LL Cool J to Queen Latifah’s “U.N.I.T.Y.” and Nelly’s “Hot in Herre” before moving forward to the present day with songs from Lil Baby and GloRilla.

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Ice-T told USA TODAY that he wasn’t going to miss Questlove-directed hip-hop tribute.

“Quest calls me, says ‘Ice, I want you to perform at the Grammys. I was in New