Meet the Honorees
  • Mariah Carey
    The legendary songstress Mariah Carey is a true musical trailblazer. In addition to her success as a singer, songwriter, record producer and actress, Carey’s widely popular hip hop collaborations with Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Busta Rhymes, Diddy and more were fixtures of ‘90s music. The best-selling female artist of all time, Carey has sold more than 220 million records with eighteen number 1 singles. Her famed five-octave vocal range and talent have been recognized with Grammy Awards, American Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards and BMI's Icon Award.
  • Jermaine Dupri
    Rapper and producer Jermaine Dupri began his career producing some of the biggest '90s hip hop acts with his So So Def Records label, including Kris Kross, Xscape and Da Brat. His collaborations with Mariah Carey and Usher were widely popular and broke chart records in addition to winning Grammy Awards and diamond certifications. Dupri currently stars on reality TV show "The Rap Game."
  • Martin Lawrence
    Known for his over the top, broad physical humor and colorful characters, Martin Lawrence redefined the comedy landscape. Lawrence began his career as a stand-up comedian, where his success led him to a prolific television and film career. His big break came when he hosted HBO's "Russel Simmons Def Comedy Jam" before landing his iconic self-titled sitcom "Martin," for which he won an NAACP Image Award. Since the show’s end in 1997, Lawrence has led a hit parade of film comedies including the "Bad Boys" and "Big Momma's House" franchises, "National Security" and more.
  • Master P
    Master P rose to fame in the '90s with his collaborations with hip hop group TRU and his hugely popular single "Make 'Em Say Uhh!" which went double platinum. His early achievements were awarded with American Music Awards an induction into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame. Also known for his business ventures, Master P founded No Limit Records in 1990. The label released critically acclaimed bestselling albums throughout the decade, and was reestablished in 2010 as No Limit Forever Records. Master P has achieved additional success as an actor, author and investor.
  • Hype Williams
    The legendary Hype Williams was the definitive music video director in the 90's. His fish-eye lens helped to shine the spotlight on such top-selling artists as DMX, Missy Elliott and P. Diddy, and in 1998 Williams leapt from the small screen to the big screen with his feature film debut, Belly, starring Nas. He's earned accolades from The Billboard Music Awards, VMAs and The NAACP Image Awards for his iconic videos, including Busta Rhymes' "Woo Hah!! Got You All in Check," Will Smith's "Gettin' Jiggy wit It," and Kanye West's "Gold Digger." This is Williams' first time at VH1’s Hip Hop Honors.