Vh1 switched up this year’s program by honoring icons of the 90’s who’s made incredible marks in Hip Hop; actress Regina Hall hosted the award show. Celebs ditched their usual red carpet glam for some ‘funky fresh dress to impress ready to party’ 90’s-inspired gear. The awards’ set was a New York City block party theme, honoring the original city birthplace of Hip Hop.
This year’s honorees included legendary Singer Mariah Carey, Hip Hop Producer Jermaine Dupri, Comedian Martin Lawrence and No Limits CEO and Rapper Master P.
So kick back, relax as we take a trip down memory lane recapping the amazing award show and celebrating the most influential and monumental game changing decade.
Last year’s Hip Hop Honoree and Icon Missy Elliot, who got her big break in the 90’s, opened the show with her hit song “She’s a B*tch,” recreating the same visual effects on stage as she did in her music video.
It was time for some Southern Hospitality honoring two pioneers who forever changed the 90’s game creating their own record labels and managing some of today’s top artists and music groups–Master P and Jermaine Dupri. The Southern melody set, honoring the two legends, included Trina, Trick Daddy, Romeo, Silk The Shocker and 90’s girl group Xscape.
“They said Hip Hop was only gonna be like four, five years. Twenty years later we still doing. We still running companies and business. This is only the beginning,” Master P said during his acceptance speech.
One of the key influences that changed the 90’s game was the comedic icon, Martin Lawrence. We will never forget “Martin” which starred the genius actor himself. The show not only made us laugh out loud but spoke our language and still resonates today. The show included major guest appearances from The Notorious BIG, Snoop Dogg, Outkast and more. This year, the Martin show celebrated 25 years of comedy. Congratulations, Martin Lawrence!
We love a good party anthem so helping us get back in that Hip Hop groove were artists Warren G, Ty Dollar Sign, Remy Ma, Fat Joe, Kandi and Tiny.
Hype Williams, creative music director and visionary genius, was an innovator for incredible over-the-top videos. He worked with the likes of Diddy, Lil Kim, Mariah Carey, Missy Elliot, TLC, Busta Rhymes, Janet Jackson and more.
And it wouldn’t be a Honors show without paying homage to those who have paved the way and are no longer with us. Lil Kim, Fabolous and rapper Havoc paid homage to Hip Hop artist Prodigy.
Closing out the show was the final honoree, Mariah Carey. She hit the stage with her fellow friends Da Brat, Jermaine Dupri and Ma$e performing her hit record “Honey.”
Congratulations to all of the recipients on being a major key and game changer in the 90’s. We salute you and thank you for all you’ve done.
Written By: Tiffany Hercules