DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince to Reunite at Grammys 50 Years of Hip Hop Tribute

DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince Platinum and Gold Collection album cover. (Credit: Sony Legacy)

DJ Jazzy Jeff and Fresh Prince Will Smith are set to take the stage together at a Grammys concert special honoring 50 years of hip hop.

CBS and the Recording Academy announced the reunion in a press release Wednesday, saying they’ve locked down the duo for a special appearance.

The broadcast titled “A Grammy Salute to 50 Years of Hip Hop,” will air on Dec. 10.

The evening includes performances by a roster of hip-hop heavyweights, including Common, De La Soul, Jermaine Dupri, J.J. Fad, Talib Kweli, The Lady Of Rage, and LL CooL J, as previously reported.

Also taking the stage are Black Thought, Bun B, MC Sha-Rock, Monie Love, The Pharcyde, Queen Latifah, Questlove, Rakim, Remy Ma, Uncle Luke, and Yo-Yo.

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DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince’s musical journey began in the late 1980s, when the pair burst onto the scene with hits like “Girls Ain’t Nothing But Trouble.”

Their sophomore record, He’s the DJ, I’m the Rapper, went on to top the charts with songs like “Parents Just Don’t Understand.” The track made history, becoming the first hip-hop recording to ever win a Grammy when DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince took home the award for Best Rap Performance in 1989.

In 1990, the duo also became the first hip-hop act to perform on the Grammys stage. They’ve continued to make occasional appearances together over the years, often performing hits like “Summertime” and “Gettin’ Jiggy wit It.”

Jesse Collins Entertainment is the production company behind the Grammys tribute. Executive producers include Shawn Gee and Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson of Two One Five Entertainment, Dionne Harmon, Claudine Joseph, LL COOL J, Fatima Robinson and Jeannae Rouzan-Clay. Marcello Gamma serves as director of the special.

The upcoming Grammys special will be taped on Nov. 8 at the YouTube Theater in Inglewood, Calif.

It will air on Dec. 10, from 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. ET/PT, on CBS and will be available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+.