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[12/07/23 - 10:20 AM]
"MTV Unplugged Presents: A Hip Hop 50th Celebration of Jersey's Finest" Music Special to Premiere Thursday, December 14th at 9PM ET/PT on MTV
An elite lineup of the Garden State's greatest superstars joined forces on-stage for a once-in-a-lifetime episode of the iconic music series taped at the historic Newark Symphony Hall.

[via press release from MTV]

"MTV Unplugged Presents: A Hip Hop 50th Celebration of Jersey's Finest" music special to premiere Thursday, December 14th at 9PM ET/PT on MTV

Explosive evening of performances From Queen Latifah, Wyclef Jean, Redman, Naughty by Nature's Treach and many more

New York, NY -- (December 7) -- MTV today announced its trailblazing Grammy(R) and Emmy(R) award-winning global music franchise returns with the world premiere of "MTV Unplugged Presents: A Hip Hop 50th Celebration of Jersey's Finest" on Thursday, December 14th at 9PM ET/PT on MTV in the US and globally. BET Media Group will encore the special on Friday, 12/15 on BET and Tuesday, 12/19 on VH1, at 8 PM ET/PT respectively.

· "MTV Unplugged Presents" delivers an epic toast to 50 years of hip hop and an unforgettable celebration honoring some of New Jersey's most legendary MCs and prolific performers.

· An elite lineup of the Garden State's greatest superstars, including Queen Latifah, Wyclef Jean, Redman, Naughty By Nature's own Treach, Poor Righteous Teachers, Heather B, and hip hop pioneers The Sugarhill Gang, with musical direction from Emmy-winning artist, Adam Blackstone, joined forces on-stage for a once-in-a-lifetime episode of the iconic music series taped at the historic Newark Symphony Hall. Additional performances from Lady Luck and Lords of the Underground solidify the night as a true salute to Jersey hip hop.

· The special closes out a dynamic run of MTV's year-long celebration of Hip Hop's 50th Anniversary, most notably the all-star finale performance during the 2023 "VMAs" featuring some of hip hop's most prolific titans, the premiere of MIXTAPE, a documentary exploring how the creation of mixtapes launched hip hop into mainstream culture, among many other projects.

· After shifting to an at-home concert model in Spring 2020 with Miley Cyrus, "MTV Unplugged" returned to its original format in 2021 with a dynamic performance from K-pop superstars BTS, a legendary pairing of Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, and Twenty One Pilots who rocked the stage in 2022 with stripped back and reimagined performances of some of their biggest hits.

· Bruce Gillmer and Vanessa Whitewolf serve as Executive Producers for MTV with Queen Latifah, Shakim Compere and Yaneley Arty as Executive Producers for Flavor Unit Entertainment. Alicia Portugal is Series Executive in Charge. Lisa Lauricella is Series Music Talent Executive.

· For more information and exclusive content, follow MTV on Facebook, Instagram, X and join in the conversation using #MTVUnplugged.

About SHOWTIME/MTV Entertainment Studios & Paramount Media Networks

SHOWTIME/MTV Entertainment Studios & Paramount Media Networks is a global network of media assets that reaches over one billion people in more than 180 countries featuring some of the most iconic brands in entertainment including SHOWTIME, MTV, Comedy Central and Paramount Network among others - and, its Studios arm which produces 120+ series annually, including some of today's biggest hits such as Yellowstone, Yellowjackets, Emily in Paris, 1883, 1923, George & Tammy, South Park, Tulsa King, RuPaul's Drag Race, The Challenge and Jersey Shore, to name a few.





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