Kendrick Lamar was honored with the Vanguard Award at the 26th Annual ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards, which took place last night (June 28) in Beverly Hills. The milestone moment was made even bigger as his mentor and fellow Compton native Dr. Dre presented the award to his protégé. “I’m proud to know him. I’m proud to work with him and he is an important part of the new generation of hip-hop, and it’s definitely continuing the legacy of Compton,” Dre said of the young rapper.
Other musicians who have won the ASCAP Vanguard Award (which recognizes the impact of new and developing musical genres and the artists who help boost those genres) include Beastie Boys, Santigold, Diplo, Janelle Monae, Nine Inch Nails and more. So to say K-Dot is in good company would be a definite understatement. Watch it up top.