Snoop Dogg on Herbie 'Thank you for creating hip hop!'

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This scene comes from the 2013 Kennedy Center Honors where Herbie Hancock was awarded for his lifetime achievement in music. The only other jazz musicians who have been awarded this honor are Ella Fitzgerald, Dave Brubeck, Dizzy Gillespie, and Sonny Rollins. The long list musical guests who performed at the gala in honor of Herbie inclue:

  • Wayne Shorter
  • Chick Corea
  • Dave Holland
  • Jack DeJohnette
  • Joshua Redman
  • Kurt Rosenwinkel
  • Aaron Parks
  • James Genus
  • Terri Lyne Carrington
  • Marcus Miller
  • Lionel Loueke
  • Vinnie Colaiuta
  • DJ Mix Master Mike
  • and finally, Snoop Dogg

Snoop Dogg closed out the performances for Herbie with this rendention "Cantaloupe Island," and ended it saying "We love you, Herbie. Thank you for inventing hip-hop.” Many credit Herbie's  1983 "Rockit" with lending a mainsteam credibility to to hip-hop in its early days.  

The other 2013 inductees were Carlos Santana, Billy Joel, Martina Arroyo and Shirley MacLaine.

This article by Lee Mergner for Jazz Times, The Kennedy Center's Surreal Herbie Hancock Tribute: A Strange Maiden Voyage (link to article) notes a few other instances to jazz within the progam:

Jazz made a few cameo appearances elsewhere throughout the evening. Tony Bennett spoke about Billy Joel. An opening solo performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner” by Arturo Sandoval elicited cheers from the black-tie audience. In his video clip, Santana spoke about his deep love of Miles and Coltrane.


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