VH1 Hip-Hop Honors 2009 Lineup Announced!

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It’s back! This year’s VH1 Hip Hop Honors show will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the seminal Def Jam records. The show premieres Tuesday, Oct. 13 at 9/8c. Full press release is below:

The sixth annual VH1 Hip Hop Honors show will commemorate the 25th anniversary of Def Jam Records, as talents from across all artistic genres come together to celebrate this significant milestone in American hip-hop music. Eminem, Young Jeezy, Rick Ross, Fabolous, Ludacris, DMX, Mary J. Blige, Redman, The Roots, Method Man, ONYX, Public Enemy, Warren G, Kid Rock, Chris Rock, Jimmy Fallon, Brett Ratner, Trey Songz, Ja Rule, Gym Class Heroes, and Scarface are scheduled to show up and show out to celebrate the label that served a catalyst for this American musical phenomenon.

VH1 Hip Hop Honors 2009 will be taped from the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) Howard Gilman Opera House in Brooklyn, New York. 30 Rock?s Tracy Morgan returns as host for the 3rd year, as he will be joined many of hip-hop biggest luminaries. The VH1 Hip Hop Honors 2009 broadcast will premiere on VH1 on Tuesday, October 13 at 9PM ET/PT.*

Def Jam has launched the careers of some of the biggest names in music history and has inspired other emerging labels and artists. Special homage will be paid to the architects of the label, Rick Rubin, Russell Simmons, Kevin Liles, Lyor Cohen, Julie Greenwald, Shawn ?Jay-Z? Carter and Antonio ?L.A.? Reid (Chairman Island Def Jam Music Group). Presenters and performers honor the history and the legacy of Def Jam Records through never-seen-before interviews, archival footage and special musical performances of some of Def Jam?s greatest hits. It promises to be a night that will showcase how Def Jam came and remains to be one of the premier record labels of hip-hop music.

Hip Hop fans can go to HipHop.VH1.com now to comment on this year?s line-up and to weigh in on what they?d like to hear at this year?s celebration. Additionally, on Monday, September 14, VH1 will launch the full show site at HipHop.VH1.com with artist profiles, exclusive online programming, show information and more. Additional VH1.com and VH1 Mobile efforts for VH1 Hip Hop Honors will be announced in the coming weeks.

VH1 Hip Hop Honors is executive produced by Lee Rolontz for VH1 and Jac Benson for Blacjac Entertainment. Louis J. Horvitz will direct.? Nelson George and Fab 5 Freddie are co-executive producers.

Additionally, we want to know where on the web hip-hop fans go for the latest news in fashion, music, and nightlife. So tell us! Nominate your favorite online destinations in the following categories:

- Best Hip Hop DJ
- Best Hip Hop Gear
- Best Hip Hop Radio Station
- Best Hip Hop Site
- Best Hip Hop Venue

These will be featured in a special section of hiphop.vh1.com. Submit your list of top sites to us at vh1hiphophonors@vh1.com by September 10 . The nominees will be announced and voting will begin on September 14.

[All artist images are via Getty.]

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Diva Battles: Gladys Knight And Joss Stone Vs. Celine Dion And Anastacia

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“VH1 Divas” is back and airing live on Sept. 17 at 9PM EST. In honor of this iconic event we?ve got some of the best performances from past Divas shows, duking it out in an A-List caliber cage match. Check out the clips and vote for your favorite in the poll above, and don?t forget to check out the official VH1 Divas site for more videos, photos and news about the upcoming show.

Double the divas, double the thrills! This round we’ve got Gladys Knight and Joss Stone vs. Celine Dion and Anastacia.

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Behind The Music Returns With Lil Wayne

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Those longing for additional music programming from VH1 are in luck: six new episodes of Behind the Music are on the way starting with the Sept. 10 profile of Lil Wayne (premiering at 10/9c). Check the details in the press release below:

VH1 is re-launching its Emmy Award-nominated and critically-acclaimed series Behind The Music. The iconic series that helped put VH1 on the map will premiere on Thursday, September 10 at 10/9c with Behind The Music: Lil Wayne.? The self-proclaimed ?best rapper alive? opens up about his childhood, his music, and his struggles, as he and the people who know him best describe his ascension from a poverty-stricken childhood in New Orleans to his reign as one of hip-hop?s heavy hitters.? New episodes of the series will feature some of the best and brightest in the music industry today, including pop songstress Pink (September 17), self-proclaimed ?King of R&B? Bobby Brown (September 24), rock star Bret Michaels (October 1), the ?King of the South? rapper T.I. (October? 8 ) and hip-hop megastar 50 Cent on (October 13).? All episodes will air on Thursdays at 10/9c except for? Pink, which will air on Thursday, September 17 at 8PM* in advance of VH1?s Divas Live and 50 Cent,? which will air on Tuesday, October 13 at 8PM* in advance of the premiere of VH1 Hip Hop Honors.

Diva Battles: Joss Stone Vs. Jill Scott

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“VH1 Divas” is back and airing live on Sept. 17 at 9PM EST. In honor of this iconic event we?ve got some of the best performances from past Divas shows, duking it out in an A-List caliber cage match. Check out the clips and vote for your favorite in the poll above, and don?t forget to check out the official VH1 Divas site for more videos, photos and news about the upcoming show.

Meet your dueling divas: Joss Stone and Jill Scott!

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Diva Battles: Beyonce Vs. Whitney Houston

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?VH1 Divas? is back and airing live on Sept. 17 at 9PM EST. In honor of this iconic event we?ve got some of the best performances from past Divas shows, duking it out in an A-List caliber cage match. Check out the clips and vote for your favorite in the poll above, and don?t forget to check out the official VH1 Divas site for more videos, photos and news about the upcoming show.

Using their vocal chords as weapons in this battle: Beyonce and Whitney Houston.

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Diva Battles: Nelly Furtado Vs. Destiny’s Child

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?VH1 Divas? is back and airing live on Sept. 17 at 9PM EST. In honor of this iconic event we?ve got some of the best performances from past Divas shows, duking it out in an A-List caliber cage match. Check out the clips and vote for your favorite in the poll above, and don?t forget to check out the official VH1 Divas site for more videos, photos and news about the upcoming show.

Battling it out below: Nelly Furtado and Destiny’s Child.

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Diva Battles: Diana Ross Vs. Debbie Harry

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“VH1 Divas” is back and airing live on Sept. 17 at 9PM EST. In honor of this iconic event we’ve got some of the best performances from past Divas shows, duking it out in an A-List caliber cage match. Check out the clips and vote for your favorite in the poll above, and don’t forget to check out the official VH1 Divas site for more videos, photos and news about the upcoming show.

First up: Diana Ross and Debbie Harry battle it out below the jump!

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Sail Away With VH1 And 3 Doors Down

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Ladies and gentlemen, consider the following question before booking your next cruise ship vacation. Would you like to dance to “La Cucaracha” with bloated tourists who haven’t seen sun or fun in years or would you prefer to rock the deck with real bands and the cute, pop-culture savvy VH1 set? Yeah. We thought so.

Book a cabin now on our VH1 Best Cruise Ever — a music fest at sea hosted by 3 Doors Down (pictured) and featuring Lifehouse and Shinedown. Special guests include Finger Eleven, Carolina Liar, SAFETYSUIT and others. (Listen to the bands that will be on board here.) We’ll sail together from Tampa to Grand Cayman, April 15-19. Read the official press release after the jump.

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The Beatles Invade VH1 Classic

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UPDATE: The Beatles Shop is here! Pre-order ‘The Beatles: Rock Band’ and buy the entire digitally re-mastered Beatles CD catalogue one month before the worldwide release! CLICK HERE TO START SHOPPING!

The Fab Four sparked the British Invasion when they hit American shores in 1964 and nearly half a century later they’re taking over VH1 Classic in “The Beatles Shop On VH1 Classic,” set to air August 9 at 9PM EST and August 10 at 3AM and 5PM EST.

This on-air extravaganza will allow fans to pre-order what will surely be two of the year’s most coveted releases in music and gaming, including The Beatles: Rock Band and the entire digitally re-mastered Beatles CD catalogue. Both items will be released on Sept. 9 and will most likely fly off of store shelves.

Watch the trailer for the new Rock Band to find out why it’s being called “revolutionary,” become a fan of The Beatles: Rock Band on Facebook,? follow The Beatles: Rock Band on Twitter, and read a list of all Beatles-related goodies that will be available for purchase after the jump.

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The Revolution Will Be Televised – With Kasabian As Its Soundtrack

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Behold the Lords of the Revolution, VH1′s newest Rock Documentary series that explores some of the biggest iconoclasts from the past century. The five-day documentary, premiering on August 10 at 8PM EST, will focus on five people or groups that have changed the shape of pop culture and in some cases, the world. Each night, a different documentary will focus on the following legends: Andy Warhol, Timothy Leary, Muhammad Ali, The Black Panthers, and Cheech and Chong.

There’s no better way to introduce the most influential minds of a past generation than with an example of the most creative minds of the next generation. The promos for Lords of the Revolution feature a band that’s no stranger to iconic imagery: Kasabian take their name from Linda Kasabian, a follower of Charles Manson and star witness in the trial that imprisoned him. Their song “Fast Fuse” (listen in the clip above or at Rhapsody) is the Stone Roses by way of the BeatlesWhite Album (so that ties nicely into the Helter Skelter-y history of their name) and is on their third album, West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum. And if you’re not convinced yet that they’re worth a listen, maybe the world’s most famous wizard will put you over the edge — Daniel Radcliffe is a fan.

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