Meet the Honorees
  • Queen Latifah
    A true trailblazer in the world of hip hop, Queen Latifah has earned acclaim in all facets of her career. She is one of music’s most well respected rappers and singers and has earned seven Grammy nominations as well as a Grammy Award for Best Solo Rap Performance in 1994. As an actor, Latifah received an Oscar nomination for her portrayal of Mama Morton in 'Chicago,' and a SAG Award win for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries for her role in 'Bessie.' In addition, Latifah is an author, co-chairman for the Lancelot H. Owens Scholarship Foundation, Inc., and operates the production company Flavor Unit, which is producing the return of Hip Hop Honors.
  • Missy Elliott
    Missy Elliott is a groundbreaking solo superstar, pioneering producer/songwriter/singer/rapper, and cultural icon. For three decades, she has achieved and maintained critically acclaimed success and sold over 30 million albums worldwide. She is a five-time Grammy award-winner for ‘Best Rap Solo Performance,’ ‘Best Female Rap Solo Performance,’ ‘Best Short Form Music Video,’ and her production work on ‘Lady Marmalade.’ All six of Missy Elliott’s studio albums have been RIAA platinum certified or better, making her the only female rapper to have achieved this milestone accomplishment.
  • Salt-N-Pepa
    Salt-N-Pepa emerged from the ‘Golden Era’ of hip hop and found enviable longevity as artists, selling more than 12 million albums worldwide. The trio won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group in 1995, and are the first female rap group to attain platinum status. Their brand of girl power and strong feminine artistry changed the hip-hop landscape and blazed a trail for numerous female artists and groups in pop, R&B, and hip-hop genres. Their impact spans decades, and as Salt-N-Pepa continue to tour they are also working on a cookbook and recording new music.
  • Lil' Kim
    Lil’ Kim is a Grammy Award winning, multi-platinum rapper, singer, actress, and fashion icon. Her debut studio album “Hard Core” went double platinum, and spawned three consecutive number 1 rap hits – a record for a female rapper. Her following albums were certified Platinum, making her one of the only female rappers to have at least three consecutive platinum albums and to have a number 1 Billboard Hot 100 hit with 2001’s ‘Lady Marmalade.’ Lil’ Kim remains a force to be reckoned with, recently releasing the acclaimed mixtape #LILKIMSEASON, and will be performing across the country this summer as part of the Bad Boy Reunion Tour.