The 2010 BET Hip Hop Awards Recap
Hosted by the forever funny and stand up-comedian/actor, Mike Epps, the fifth annual, 2010 BET Hip Hop Awards opened with a decent performance from rap icons, Rick Ross, P. Diddy and DJ Khaled. In the middle of their performance, they bring out longtime rapper, MC Hammer, which Rozay has a song named after him on his fourth studio album, Teflon Don. MC Hammer takes us back with his mega-hit, "Too Legit to Quit". The flamboyant dance moves were still there from the pop-rapper. But, quite far from turning that mutha out. Still, it was a good cameo appearance of MC Hammer.
Taking home the first award and one of the biggest winners at the event is Young Money's first lady and reigning femcee, Nicki Minaj who has been racking up awards all year long for her star-studded features and mixtapes. Once again, its pretty big for an artist who has yet to drop an album. Snagging the award for the 'Perfect Combo' is Jay-Z ft. Allicia Keys for 'Empire State of Mind'. Jay-Z himself, reportedly had the most nominations. The highlight of the 2010 BET Hip Hop Awards were the infamous Cyphers, which showcased many newcomers such as Bones Brigante, most known for bodying MCs as as the winner of probably one of the best and historic, 2010 freestyle battles of 106 & Park. Other new artists who rocked the mic was Yelawolf and Wiz Khalifa who was a part of this year's XXL Magazine's Freshmen 10 alongside Big Sean of G.O.O.D Music as Kanye West and his Grammy family gave an incredible session of rhymes. Legendary, west coast and rap pioneer/actor, Ice Cube and veteran, Reverend Run of Run DMC did it big with their sons, OMG, Doughboy and Diggy and Jo Jo. Its too bad, Busta Rhymes didn't spit a flow.
The return of the Diplomats a.k.a Dipset was not so impressive of leading members, Cam'ron, Jim Jones and Juelz Santana. Hip hop continues to evolve with great perfomances by B.O.B and Cali Swag District as they Dougied and did the Humpty Dance from 80s and early 90s successful, Digital Underground as lead rapper, Shock-G pays a tribute to the late, Tupac Shakur. The big honorees were Salt-N-Pepa consisting of members, Cheryl 'Salt' James, now Wray, Sandra 'Pepa' Denton and Deidra 'Dee Dee' Roper best known as Spinderella for their trendsetting and hippish female culture of Hip hop. Salt-N-Pepa are the most successful, female rap group ever in the history of music.
In the show, many wonder is Hip Hop here to stay? Hip hop will evolve for generations to come. Its no longer a movement. Its a culture that has changed a lot lives.
BET Hip Hop Award 2010 Winners – Full List
Best Club Banger: Rick Ross ft Styles P – BMF – Winner
Best Hip-Hop Video: Jay-Z – Empire State Of Mind – Winner
Best Live Performer: Jay-Z – Winner
CD Of The Year: Jay-Z – Blueprint 3 – Winner
DJ Of The Year: DJ Khaled – Winner
Hip Hop Video Director Of The Year: Hype Williams – Winner
Hustler of the Year: Diddy – Winner
Lyricist of the Year: Eminem – Winner
Made-You-Look Award: Nicki Minaj – Winner
MVP Of The Year: Drake – Winner
People’s Champ Award: Nicki Minaj – Winner
Perfect Combo Award: Jay-Z & Alicia Keys – Winner
Producer Of The Year: Swizz Beatz – Winner
Rookie of the Year: Nicki Minaj – Winner
Track of the Year: Rick Ross – B.M.F – Winner
I Am Hip-Hop Award: Salt N Pepa – Winner
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