Vice President Kamala Harris is throwing a house party to celebrate the 50th anniversary of hip-hop.
Harris is partnering with the Recording Academy’s Black Music Collective and Live Nation Urban for the event taking place Saturday at her residence in Washington, D.C. Dozens of artists will participate, including Common, MC Lyte, Jeezy and Roxanne Shante. Nearly 20 acts will perform.
This commemoration will mark the first time a sitting Vice President has hosted a celebration of this kind. More than 400 guests — including musicians, artists, industry leaders and cultural trailblazers — are expected to attend.
Harris will speak at the event and discuss hip-hop’s profound impact on American culture and how the genre has reached people around the world. She will also highlight and reinforce the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to celebrating the arts.
“The Recording Academy and the Black Music Collective have had a tremendous year paying tribute to and honoring the legacy of Hip-Hop in its milestone 50th year. Taking the celebration to our nation’s capital alongside Vice President Harris is truly something special and I look forward to a historic day,” Harvey Mason jr., president and CEO of the Recording Academy, said in a statement.
In 2020 the Recording Academy — which puts on the Grammy Awards annually — launched the Black Music Collective, a group of notable Black music creators and professionals who aim to amplify Black voices within the Academy and the larger music community. At its inaugural event in 2022, held during Grammys week, BMC honored John Legend, MC Lyte, D-Nice and Black-founded record label LVRN, home to acts like Summer Walker and 6lack. This year BMC honored Dr. Dre, Missy Elliott, Lil Wayne and Epic Records CEO Sylvia Rhone at a jam-packed, white-hot affair — making it one of the highlights of Grammys week and a high-demand event hard to snag tickets to.