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VH1 Hip Hop Honors is a musical special produced for the Music Television Network, VH1. As the title suggests, the television special honors hip hop and rap music singers, groups, producers and personalities. The show mixes tributes of the honorees and musical performances by the legends themselves and tribute performances from some of today's hottest stars.
The first VH1 Hip Hop Honors special was hosted by Vivica A. Fox and MC Lyte. The honorees of that introductory edition were DJ Hollywood, 2Pac, Sugarhill Gang, KRS-One, Kool Herc, The Graffiti Movement, Public Enemy, Rock Steady Crew and Run-DMC. Some of the special guest performers of that edition included The Beastie Boys, MC Hammer, Nas and Fat Joe.
The second ceremony was hosted by Russell Simmons and Rev Run. The hip hop and rap legends that were honored in this edition included Salt N Pepa, Ice-T, Grandmaster Flash, Big Daddy Kane, The Notorious B.I.G. and LL Cool J. Ice-T performed his hit rap song OG Original Gangster and LL Cool J sang his hit Momma Said Knock You Out. This edition closed out with a stirring tribute to Notorious B.I.G. by Diddy and Faith Evans.
The third edition of the special was hosted by previous honoree Ice-T. The honored guests were Russell Simmons, Eazy E, Ice Cube, Afrika Bambaataa, MC Lyte, Rakim, Wu-Tang Clan and The Beastie Boys. This show had thirteen musical performances including a tribute to the deceased Eazy E by Young Jeezy, DJ Yella and Lil' Eazy-E when they performed the song, "We Want Eazy"
The fourth edition and fifth and sixth editions were all hosted by comedian Tracy Morgan. The honorees for these specials were A Tribe Called Quest, Whodini, Wild Style, Missy Elliott, Snoop Dogg, Cypress Hill, Slick Rick, Issac Hayes, De La Soul, Too Short, Def Jam Records and Naughty By Nature.
The seventh VH1 Hip Hop Honors special was hosted by Craig Robinson and honored 2 Live Crew, Jermaine Dupri, J.Prince, Organized Noise, Master P and Timbaland. This edition featured the most musical performances of all of the specials. The honor of being chosen for VH1 Hip Hop Honors has become the equivalent of a lifetime achievement award in the music industry.
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The Def Jam Records legacy and the entire hip-hop world has lost a pioneer. Founding Beastie Boys member Adam Yauch has died, Entertainment Weekly reports. He was 47 years old. Yauch, known to fans as MCA, had battled thyroid cancer since 2009. Surgery and radiation treatment forced Yauch off the road, kept him from the Brooklyn trio's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction two weeks ago, and shelved the release of the group's album Hot Sauce Committee Part 2. The first two-thirds of the Beastie Boys came together when Yauch met Mike Diamond - AKA, Mike D.