Ice-T was one of the many well-known rappers to take the stage during the 2023 GRAMMYs tribute performance, according to the 64-year-old.
"I was invited but I didn't show up," says the Law & Order star.
The father of three was ecstatic to see so many of his peers gather in one place for something positive, previously stating that they usually only come together for funerals. During the Sunday (Feb. 5) performance, the GRAMMYs gave such a platform to rap.
"The GRAMMYs brought us together, and it's bizarre that for a while, rap was not even represented at the GRAMMYs." I got one of the early GRAMMYs with Quincy Jones, but I felt Quincy kinda snuck us in the backdoor."
"You're going to be surprised at the performance tonight," he said, later revealing that certain rappers were invited to the grand event. "We don't get invited to this type of party!"
The hip-hop tribute performance was a major highlight, including acts such as Black Thought, Grandmaster Flash, The Furious Five, Run-DMC, Big Boi, Missy Elliott, Lil Baby, GloRilla, Lil Uzi Vert, and many more.
DJ Khaled, Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, John Legend, and Fridayy performed the entirety of Hov's four-minute song from the eight-minute record.