Santa Monica, CA (November 4, 2019)—Legendary producer/artist/entrepreneur Dr. Dre will be honored by the Recording Academy’s Producers & Engineers Wing on Wednesday, Jan. 22 at The Village Studios in West Los Angeles.
Kicking off Grammy Week, the 13 annual event will highlight Dre’s achievements across the music industry. “Dr. Dre is an influential force in music,” said Deborah Dugan, president/CEO of the Recording Academy. “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.”
The event will also salute the overall industry influence of the Producers & Engineers Wing’s more than 6,400 professional members. Year-round, the Producers & Engineers Wing continues to advocate for excellence and best practices in sound recording, audio technologies, and education in the recording arts, along with proper crediting, recognition, and rights for music creators.
Six-time Grammy Award winning artist and producer Dr. Dre was born in Compton, California, as Andre Young and skyrocketed to fame as a co-founder of the legendary group N.W.A. with Ice Cube, MC Ren, DJ Yella, and the late Eazy-E. In 1992, Dre released his solo debut, The Chronic, and also co-founded Death Row Records that same year, where he worked with artists like Snoop Dogg and Tupac, establishing West Coast hip-hop.
In 1996, Dre launched Aftermath Entertainment, where over the years he discovered artists such as 50 Cent, The Game, Kendrick Lamar, Eminem and Anderson .Paak. In 2008, Dre co-founded Beats Electronics, the audio consumer electronics company, with Jimmy Iovine. In January 2014, they launched Beats Music—a subscription streaming service. Apple acquired both in July 2014. In 2013, Iovine and Dre gave a $70 million endowment to the University of Southern California to create the USC Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy for Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation. Following NWA’s induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2016, the next year saw Dre and Iovine team for a four-part Grammy Award-winning and Emmy-nominated HBO docuseries The Defiant Ones.
Grammy Week culminates with the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, airing live on the CBS Television Network, at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
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