Kendrick Lamar and Dr. Dre

Dr. Dre Presents Kendrick Lamar with ASCAP Vanguard Award

Kendrick Lamar was honored with the Vanguard Award at the 26th Annual ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards in Beverly Hills last night. Dr. Dre presented his Compton protégé with the award, which has been given to the Beastie Boys, Janelle Monáe, and Santigold in the past.

“Kendrick Lamar is a class act,” said Dre as he took the podium at the Beverly Hilton. “I’m proud to know him. I’m proud to work with him and he is an important part of the new generation of hip-hop, and it’s definitely continuing the legacy of Compton.”

The T.D.E. rapper made his way to the stage in a red hoodie to accept his award and pose for photos with his mentor.

Watch Dre honor K-Dot below.