30 Milestones in Hip-Hop Awards History: Super Bowl Halftime Show, Will Smith, Lauryn Hill and More

Pepsi Super Bowl LVI Halftime Show with 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 in Feb. 13 on NBC, was a no-nonsense celebration of hip-hop music and culture. All six main artists 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 won awards and earned praise for decades. Less than six months ago, Will Smith became the first entertainer who started out as a rapper to win an Oscar for acting.

Below, take a look at 30 milestones in the history of the hip-hop award.

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