N.W.A received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Recording Academy's Special Merit Awards ceremony in Los Angeles last night, but Dr. Dre was noticeably absent from the event.

N.W.A Receive Lifetime Achievement From the Recording Academy, Dr. Dre Absent

The iconic West Coast hip-hop group N.W.A was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Recording Academy's Special Merit Awards ceremony in Los Angeles on Saturday (Feb. 3). Surviving members N.W.A members Ice Cube, MC Ren, and DJ Yella, along with the mother and son (Eric Darnell Wright aka Lil Eazy-E) of late rapper Eazy-E were on hand to accept the award.

However, Dr. Dre was noticeably absent from the event. During his acceptance speech, Cube offered an explanation for Dre's no-show.

"My man, Dr. Dre, is not here. He wanted to make sure I let you know he's not hating. He a billionaire. He got s**t to do," Cube said, according to Rolling Stone.

Nevertheless, the rap veteran thanked Dre for his "brilliance, talent and leadership." Cube also saluted Eazy-E, the late founder of the group's label Ruthless Records, for his foresight which enabled N.W.A to coexist and create the music they desired.

"We knew when we started to do music in 1985, '86, '87 that a Grammy was not in the cards for us, with the type of music we was doing," Cube told the crowd. "We actually didn't think we would ever even get on the radio. We was cool with that."

A video of the surviving N.W.A. members giving their acceptance speeches can be viewed below.

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The honor was created in partnership with the Recording Academy's Black Music Collective and acknowledges the remarkable achievements and contributions of individuals who have consistently and positively impacted Black music through their creative talents, professional expertise and influence.

During his acceptance speech, which can be viewed below, Dr. Dre thanked his colleagues in the music business and recognized the 50th anniversary of hip-hop.

"I'm extremely moved by this award," he said. "I want to say thank you to the Recording Academy and the Black Music Collective for this honor, and I know everybody in here probably knows this already, but this is the 50th anniversary of Hip Hop. Make some noise for hip-hop!"

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Watch N.W.A receive the Lifetime Achievement Award and the group's acceptance speeches below.

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