VH1 Hip Hop Honors

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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.

2016 Seasons, 8 Episodes
October 13, 2004
Awards Show
Cast: Anthrax, Beastie Boys, Charlie Benante, Big Bank Hank
VH1 Hip Hop Honors

VH1 Hip Hop Honors Full Episode Guide

  • Queen Latifah, Missy Elliott, Salt-N-Pepa featuring DJ Spinderella and Lil' Kim were honored in this special Hip Hop Honors: All Hail The Queens.

  • Hip Hop Honors the Dirty South with host Craig Robinson.

VH1 Hip Hop Honors News

Founding Beastie Boy Adam Yauch (MCA) Has Died

Hip-hop has lost a creative pioneer. Beastie Boys co-founder Adam Yauch has died after a three-year battle with cancer. Yauch's illness and treatments kept him from attending the trio's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction two weeks ago, alongside classmates such as the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Guns N' Roses. He was a rapper, filmmaker and activist that helped open the door for white rappers from Vanilla Ice to Eminem.