VH1 revamps their Hip Hop Honors awards show to honor “90’s Game Changers” in television, hip hop music, and film.
With so much of the classic 90’s era still influencing the Entertainment Industry today, it makes sense that VH1 has decided to pay homage. Previously, according to Color Lines, the cable television network honored female MCs that pioneered Hip Hop such as Salt-N-Peppa, MC Lyte, and Queen Latifah. Additionally, Southern MCs that transformed the Entertainment Industry have also previously been celebrated during the show. Now, though, VH1’s 2017 Hip Hop Honors awards has re-invented the program. According to Variety, the event will be recorded at Paramount Studios as a 90’s block party to not only showcase Hip Hop taste makers, but authorities in television and film as well. Further, the event will be hosted by Regina Hall.
The honorary guest of VH1’s Hip Hop Honors awards show this year is Martin Lawrence. Did you know Lawrence was born in Germany? He is said to have come to the U.S. while he was still a baby. Then, at around eight years old, his father who is said to have been in the Air Force, split. The legendary comedian began joking to his mother when she’d get in from work after the separation. Lawrence’s mother, a newly single parent, was supporting the family working with multiple companies as a Cashier.
“I would lie on the end of her bed, trying to make her laugh. I knew when I made my mother laugh, I had something.”
-Martin Lawrence via Encyclopedia
Lawrence went on to pursue his career in comedy immediately after graduating high school.
The “90’s Game Changer” will be honored by the VH1 Network for Martin and his work in films such as Bad Boys, Big Momma’s House, House Party, and more. Martin, as we know, has featured many Hip Hop Artists on the show from Outkast to Biggie Smalls to Snoop Dogg. The hit show also featured many R&B Artists.
“Anytime anyone wants to recognize you for your work, it’s an honor. I am looking forward to a really great night of fun and music…”
-Martin Lawrence via Bill Board
On top of all this, Missy Elliott will perform and Hurricane Harvey survivors can expect a “special tribute”. Elliott is the only performer announced so far though. Catch the event on September 18th at 9 p.m. EST.
Who all would you like to see perform?