On July 10th, the VH1 Hip Hop Honors will be airing a tribute to women in rap and r and b, and people are already talking about one performance. The special, which will also honor Queen Latifah, Salt-N-Pepa, and Lil Kim, will feature a tribute to the legendary Missy Elliott headlined by Timbaland and featuring other famous artists in the industry including Pharrell and Nelly Furtado.
While the VH1 Hip Hop Honors have become a popular celebration of rap and r and b artists from years past, this show promises to up the hype from previous shows by including an all-star ensemble to celebrate all four pioneers in the genre that includes Nelly Furtado, Pharrell, and Common. This type of event is long overdue, as women are largely responsible for the development of rap and r & b, and they have been popular for as long as the genre has been around. For instance, Missy Elliott has been active since the 1990s and remains the largest name in female rap history with over 7.6 million album sales.
These four acts are certainly not the only women deserving of recognition in the rap and r & b industry, but they do deserve the attention and the accolades this special brings. With bumping performances by Naught by Nature, Da Brat, and Monica make this event a must-watch for all fans of rap and r and b.
Hip hop artist Missy Elliott is set to be honored at a tribute for this year’s VH1 Hip Hop Honors. Pharrell Williams and Timbaland are a couple of the artists who will be taking part in this.
Among other noted stars who will be participating in the Hip Hop Honors include Nelly Furtado, Keyshia Cole, Jazmine Sullivan, Remy Ma and Fantasia. The event will air live on July 11th from the New York Lincoln Center. Eve is also going to host the show, which will be taking place for the first time in six years, all while tributes to other artists like Salt-N-Pepa and Lil’ Kim will be getting similar tributes of their own.
Queen Latifah is also set to be honored with her own tribute as well, with artists such as Common, Naughty By Nature, Da Brat and Rah Digga being featured, honoring all of the first ladies of hip hop and rap. Latifah is even going to take the stage herself and perform the 1989 hit “Ladies First” with Monie Love on-stage with her. Interestingly enough that was the same year that Latifah released her own debut album called “All Hail the Queens.”
2010 was the last time a VH1 Hip Hop Honors live show took place but that time it was paying tribute to artists representing the “Dirty South,” with many of the big names such as the 2 Live Crew, Jermaine Dupri, Timbaland and Master P.