The Grammy Awards are slated for February 12th, 2012, but the fine folks at the Grammy Foundation are already doing their part to get the hype rolling. (If you’re one of those people that thinks October is way too early for Christmas ads and decorations, you might want to skip this one.)
Common, Lupe Fiasco, Rick Ross and LL Cool J will join Grandmaster Flash – known as Godfather of Hip Hop for his influence on the genre’s roots – for a special live performance of “The Message” at the Grammy Nomination Concert on November 30. The iconic track established hip hop as a valuable platform to raise awareness of the poverty, violence and drug problems present in inner-city ghettos.
For its impact on the genre, “The Message” will see induction into the Grammy Hall of Fame, plus this special cross-generational performance on Wednesday night’s Grammy Nomination ceremony.
The Grammy Nominations Concert also features performances by Lady Gaga, Ludacris, Rihanna and Usher, with Nicki Minaj and Katy Perry will be on deck as award presenters. The event will air this Wednesday, November 30 on CBS at 10 p.m. ET/PT.
Below, see the original video for “The Message”: