Last night Dr. Dre presented Kendrick Lamar with the ASCAP Vanguard Award at the 26th Annual ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards at the Beverly Hills Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California yesterday.
According to ASCAP, the Vanguard Award is “Awarded in recognition of the impact of new and developing musical genres, which help shape the future of music.”
Dr.Dre had this to say before presenting the award to Kendrick:
“When I decide to work with an artist, that means I’ve heard or seen something special, something unique, something different and ahead of the trends and Kendrick Lamar has my full attention,” Dr. Dre said at the event last night. “Now what could be better than not only finding an artist that is this talented, but one who grew up in Compton and also went to the same high school that I did. Centennial, by the way. In the same tradition as other emcees that came before him, Kendrick writes about what he sees going on in his world. But unlike other emcees, he approaches his music with vulnerability, humility and expresses the truth about himself and his generation, and the generation of people that connect [to] his story. The fact that good kid, m.A.A.d. city sold more copies than any other debut album last year is proof that his fans believe in him the way I do.”
Check out video of the presentation below.