Last night (October 14th), BET’s Annual Hip Hop Awards aired, delivering another notable year of of celebrating hip-hop’s most influential artists with nineteen categories, nine outstanding performances, and five cyphers.
Hosted by Uncle Snoop at the Boisfeuillet Jones Civic Center in Atlanta, DJ Mustard was the artist of the night, winning four awards: “DJ of the Year,” “Producer of the Year,” “MVP of the Year,” and “Track of the Year.” Drake and Kendrick Lamar garnered two awards each. Performances included T.I., Birdman, DJ Mustard, Rich Homie Quan, Young Thug, YG, Migos, Rae Sremmurd and more. A surprise performance by Brandy, MC Lyte, Yo-Yo and Queen Latifah celebrated the 20th anniversary of their “I Wanna Be Down” collaboration and brought the crowd to their feet.
In addition, Common, Jay Electronica, Vince Staples and the parents of Michael Brown gave a touching tribute to their son. Michael K. Williams presented hip-hop legend aka “The Human Beat Box,” Doug E. Fresh with the “I Am Hip Hop” Award presented by Sprite.
The highly anticipated BET “Hip Hop Awards” cyphers included Wiz Khalifa, Juicy J, Lil’ Mama, David Banner, Remy Ma, Papoose, Ty Dolla $ign and more, as well as a first time ever live cypher performance on stage.
Watch performances, cyphers and highlights from the awards show on the next page.