Aerosmith rocked the Grammys stage on Sunday night with some help from their old friends, Run-DMC. Wearing their signature Adidas, the rappers busted through a brick wall on stage to join Aerosmith for a rendition of their iconic rock-rap 1986 mash-up “Walk This Way.”
Thirty-four years ago, Run-D.M.C. broke genre boundaries when they collaborated with Aerosmith on a remixed version of the rock band’s 1975 hit, “Walk This Way” from their Toys In The Attic album. The collaboration was initially released on Run-DMC’s 1986 album Raising Hell and was one of the first tracks to marry the rock and rap genres.
RUN DMC | “Walk This Way” [ft. Aerosmith]
The rendition wasn’t honoured by the Grammy Awards with a nomination at the time, but 34 years later the iconic tag-team of Aerosmith and Run-D.M.C. corrected the oversight by reminding viewers that their 1986 rap-rock classic version of “Walk This Way” could still bang. This version of "Walk This Way" charted higher on the Billboard Hot 100 than the original version and kicked off a major comeback for Aerosmith who followed it up with a string of multi-platinum hits, starting with "Dude (Looks Like a Lady)" in 1987.
Prior to their Grammys performance, Aerosmith was honoured as The Academy’s MusiCares Person of the Year, in recognition of both their musical achievements and their philanthropic efforts, including Steven Tyler’s Janie’s Fund, which offers support to female abuse victims.
Watch the star-studded highlights from the event, including appearances from Sammy Hagar with Orianthi, Melissa Etheridge with Nuno Bettencourt, Yola with Gary Clark Jr and many more!
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