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
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
"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.
Web Site: http://www.vh1.com