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First Hip-Hop Group to be nominated for a Grammy

In 1986, when rappers were just about the last on the list to be considered for a Grammy, Run D.M.C broke a huge barrier for the genre nominated for “Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Group” award. At a time when the Rap didn’t even have it’s own category at the ceremony, bestowing the hip-hop group with this honor was an unheard of occurrence.