The Pepsi Super Bowl LVI Halftime Show Starring Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar and 50 Cent made history at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards on Saturday, Sept. 3, becoming the first Super Bowl halftime show to win for outstanding variety special (live).
This year’s show, which aired Feb. 13 on NBC, was a seamless celebration of hip-hop music and culture. All six principal performers collected Emmys, as did executive producers Jay-Z, Desiree Perez and Jesse Collins; co-executive producers Dionne Harmon and Dave Meyers; and supervising producer Aaron B. Cooke.
Rappers have been winning awards and earning plaudits for decades. Less than six months ago, Will Smith became the first entertainer who started out as a rapper to win an Academy Award for acting.
Below, take a look at 30 milestones in hip-hop awards history.