VH1 brought back the Hip Hop Honors awards after a six-year break, and this year they dedicated the entire show to the First Ladies of Hip Hop; Queen Latifah, Missy Elliot, Lil Kim and Salt N Peppa. From fashion shows to unforgettable performance tributes, the stage was so hot wigs were left behind! And we’re here to share some of the highlights from the show.
The show opened up with a super duper fly tribute to the one and only Missy Elliot from Eve featuring Lil Mo as they bumped to Missy’s 90’s classic Hot Boyz. It would not be a tribute without her classic break-dancers, Adidas suits and overly energized kid dancers. Nelly Furtado told us to get our Freak On, while Remy Ma took us All the Way Up, with a surprise performance with Fat Joe. Remy Ma shared with the honorees, “Y’all opened doors for me to be ‘All the Way Up’!”
Who do you get to perform a tribute for Queen Latifah … nobody but the Queen herself! Queen Latifah opened up her own tribute with a piece from her Chicago performance then getting everyone hype by rapping Ladies First. She called for unity during her final performance, uniting all the ladies of Hip-Hop on stage, as she performed her anthem U.N.I.T.Y. Latifah also used this platform to discuss racism, the need to unify for the better, and to support the Black Lives Matter movement.
“Listen we all know that the world, that our world, is really tense right now. It’s a lot of angst. It’s a lot of hurt. A lot of pain,” she said. “I’m hoping that we can somehow manage to channel all of these emotions that we have in a positive way by not taking ’no’ and really do something to change our world.” – Queen Latifah
One of the biggest highlights of the night was the break out performance by Teyana Taylor, as she embodied the mannerisms of Lil Kim. From the leopard robe with the pink feathers and matching bra set to the infamous mole, Teyana came to serve as she performed No Time and It’s All About the Benjamins. Dej Loaf and Lil Mama brought to life Lil Kim’s colorful Crush On You as they served in similar pink and yellow wigs and fur coats.
Though the tribute to the Queen Bee amazed her fans, her actual performance made her and her special guest Rich Homie Quan meme worthy. Lil Kim forgot majority of her own lyrics, and Quan completely butchered Notorious B.I.G Get Money verse.
Eve, Ashanti, Dreezy and Keke Palmer paid homage to honorees Salt-n-Pepa as well. Eve came though with her performance of Shoop and Ashanti provided vocals and rhymes to Whatta Man. No Salt-n-Pepa tribute would be complete without everyone’s favorite karaoke song Push It, performed by Dreezy and Keke Palmer.
It was a night filled of evident love for music and talent, as Eve, the host of the festivities as well as one of the performers of the night shared, “Women been hip hop, women are hip hop, and will always be hip hop.” All hail the queens.
Written By: Nicquana Tashea