We knew the return of Hip Hop Honors after a six-year hiatus would be huge, but with a surprise from Diddy
and some major beef getting squashed
, this year was bigger than ever.
All Hail The Queens opened up live from David Gefffen Hall at Lincoln Center with an incredible dance tribute
to some of honoree Missy Elliott’s
best verses, performed by Remy Ma, Nelly Furtado, Trina and host Eve.
Naughty By Nature honored Queen Latifah,
who performed a medley
of her own greatest hits, and Keke Palmer, Ashanti and Dreezy pushed it
with a performance of Salt-N-Pepa featuring DJ Spinderella’s
hottest singles. Teyana Taylor, Dej Loaf and Lil Mama channeled their inner Queen Bee
for a tribute to Lil’ Kim
alongside The LOX and French Montana, and Kim stepped it up and performed her own medley.
The support in the room was incredible - Common
and #BlackLivesMatter activists Darnell Moore + Alicia Garza
reminded us about the importance of community, justice and joy. First Lady Michelle Obama
thanked Queen Latifah and Missy Elliott for their support of ‘Let Girls Learn.’ Plus Phylicia Rashad, Fantasia, Monica, Tweet, Fat Joe, Kelly Rowland, Amber Rose, Keyshia Cole, La La Anthony, Winnie Harlow, DJ Vashtie Kola, Rich Homie Quan, Rah Digga, Lady of Rage, Da Brat, Yo-Yo, Monie Love, MC Lyte, Omari Hardwick, Lela Loren, Dascha Polanco, Jazmine Sullivan and more showed up to honor these amazing artists’ careers.
The night ended with our honorees and some female hip hop pioneers onstage together as Queen Latifah performed her hit “U.N.I.T.Y.”
All Hail The Queens indeed.