Recording Academy Honors Rick Rubin With President’s Merit Award

Def Jam co-founder Rick Rubin was honored by the Recording Academy on Thursday night with the President’s Merit Award, but he didn’t take the stage to accept it.

Via Page Six:

Music producer Rick Rubin didn’t give an acceptance speech when he received the President’s Merit Award from the Recording Academy. The 52-year-old Grammy winner didn’t even take the stage.

Instead, he spoke through music, inviting two new artists to perform in his place at the Producers & Engineers Wing’s ninth annual Grammy Week celebration, where Rubin was honored Thursday night.

“The way hip-hop is now owes everything to Def Jam and to this gentleman here tonight,” producer-songwriter Jimmy Jam said of the record label Rubin founded with Russell Simmons in 1984, which introduced audiences to LL Cool J and the Beastie Boys. Rubin has since produced hits for such artists as Johnny Cash, Jay Z, Adele, Kanye West, Neil Diamond, Metallica, Dixie Chicks and Lady Gaga.

Congrats to Rick on an honor well-deserved.

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