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[08/09/05 - 12:00 AM]
Russell Simmons and Reverend Run Host 'VH1 Hip Hop Honors'

[via press release from VH1]

Russell Simmons and Reverend Run Host 'VH1 Hip Hop Honors'

Performers Kanye West, Eve, Nelly, Common, Jazzy Jeff, Snoop Dogg And Missy Elliott Blaze the Stage on Monday, September 26 at 9pm*

The Second Annual Hip Hop Celebration Will Feature Tributes to LL Cool J, Big Daddy Kane, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Notorious B.I.G., Ice T, Salt -N- Pepa, and The Film: Boyz N The Hood

NEW YORK, Aug. 9 -- VH1 pays homage to the hip hop pioneers who transformed the genre into a true cultural phenomenon with the second annual "VH1 Hip Hop Honors." Hosted by Russell Simmons and Reverend Run, this year's celebration will honor LL Cool J, Big Daddy Kane, Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five, Notorious B.I.G., Ice T, Salt -N- Pepa, and the film Boyz N The Hood.

Premiering on VH1 Monday September 26 at 9PM*, "VH1 Hip Hop Honors," which will be taped at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City, will include performances by Kanye West, Eve, Nelly, Common, Jazzy Jeff, Snoop Dogg and Missy Elliott. Additional performers, presenters, and special guests will be announced as they are confirmed.

The music and influence of each of the honorees will be recognized through performances by classic artists in collaboration with today's hottest new talent. Generations of hip hop will bridge the gap for one exceptional night to set it off with the original style and flavor that sparked and inspired the evolution of the music.

*all times ET/PT

Last year, VH1's inaugural show honored DJ Kool Herc, DJ Hollywood, KRS- One, Public Enemy, Rock Steady Crew, Run DMC, Sugarhill Gang, Tupac Shakur and The Graffiti Movement and featured performances by Kid Rock, Fat Joe and Terror Squad, Nas, Beastie Boys, Anthrax, MC Hammer and Grandmaster Flash, Public Enemy, Sugarhill Gang, Chic, Doug E. Fresh and Kid Capri and appearances by Ice T, Method Man, Salt-n-Pepa, Roselyn Sanchez, Taye Diggs, Reverend Al Sharpton, James Brown and Debbie Harry.

In addition to artist nominee profiles and an exclusive hip hop timeline VH1.com is launching FREESTYLE 59, an online contest to seek out the best undiscovered MCs across the country, beginning July 12. Five finalists will be selected by a celebrity panel of judges, flown to New York to record a video, and one winner will be chosen by online voting via VH1.com and announced during the 2nd annual "VH1 Hip Hop Honors."

"VH1 Hip Hop Honors" is sponsored by T-Mobile.

Go now to VH1.com for artist and music information and check soon for interactive honoree profiles, exclusive programming, show information and more.

"VH1 Hip Hop Honors" is executive produced by Lee Rolontz for VH1 and Jac Benson for Blackjac Entertainment. Louis J. Horvitz will direct. Nelson George and Fab Five Freddie are consulting producers.

SOURCE VH1
Web Site: http://www.vh1.com





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