Grammy 2023 had one of the best hip-hop lineups in history. It featured the greats of the genre, ranging from Missy Elliot to Lil Uzi Vert. However, Lil Wayne was missing from the segment. Now Ice-T reveals that Wayne was supposed to perform at the show, but a last-minute hiccup held that opportunity at bay.

Ice-T was on the Holdin’ Court podcast while he was discussing stories from the Grammys. He said Lil Wayne was at the show however something happened on the red carpet. A lot of guests weren’t able to perform and Ice-T regrets that the people missed out on such great performances.

Missy Elliott, Public Enemy, Method Man, Busta Rhymes, LL Cool J, Grandmaster Flash, Scarface, Lil Uzi Vert, and more performed for Hip-Hop 50th tribute. It was a show unlike any other as generations of the culture banded together. Ice-T recently said that his scheduling conflicts with Law & Order almost kept him from making an appearance.

“When we did the show, Lil Wayne was in the show, but then he didn’t actually do the performance. Something happened on the red carpet. Future was sitting at my table. He was supposed to perform, he didn’t perform. So, a lot of— a little bit of a mess.”


Ice-T initially didn’t plan to come to the Grammys. He got a call from Questlove and he convinced him to appear at the show because all his friends will be attending the Grammys. After giving it much thought, he finally made up his mind to go.

“I get a call from Questlove and he says, ‘We’re doing a thing in L.A. this weekend. I say, ‘I can’t make it. He says, ‘The Grammys.’ And I go, ‘Eh.’ And he goes, ‘You don’t wanna be sitting home Ice, watching it—all your homies—and saying I was invited but I didn’t go. And I got my Black ass on the plane. He put it in perspective. The Grammys didn’t even respect hip-hop for so long. And now, to be here and to be honored like this, we’ll take it.”

Ice believes that the Grammys haven’t given Hip-Hop its due respect and didn’t want to miss out on such an occasion. Meanwhile, Lil Wayne has announced a spring tour that’ll take him through much of the United States, plus a stop in Toronto. His Welcome to Tha Carter Tour starts in Minneapolis at the beginning of April, wrapping up in Los Angeles in mid-May.

Wheezy got on the stage and took home the Global Impact Award. The Recording Academy and the Black Music Collective presented it to Missy Elliott, Dr. Dre, Lil Wayne, and Epic Records CEO Sylvia Rhone. A cherry on top would’ve been Wayne performing on the stage, alas it was not to be.

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Anirban Biswas

Anirban Biswas has been writing for Thirsty For News since 2021 and has been covering various topics such as entertainment, music, and pop culture. In his free time, Anirban enjoys playing guitar, composing music and exploring new places.

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