After a six-year hiatus, VH1's Hip Hop Honors returned to celebrate the game changers of the hip hop industry.
But this year's event, aptly dubbed All Hail The Queens, was all about that girl power!
Broadcast live for the first time in its history, Monday night's ceremony paid homage to the female trailblazers who burst into the patriarchal genre to make their voices heard — and were honored with AH-Mazing tribute performances!
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Hosted by Eve, the evening began with an inspiring statement from Black Lives Matter founders Darnell Moore and Alicia Garza — and also included a taped appearance by First Lady Michelle Obama honoring the women of hip hop!
The first tribute was for honoree Missy Elliott, which included a horde of dancers and performances by Remy Ma, Nelly Furtado, Eve, and Trina — but the tributes were just getting started!
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Honoree Queen Latifah took to the stage herself for her tribute — which included a performance of her Chicago number When You're Good to Mama, a tribute to her motion picture career by presenters LL Cool J and Phylicia Rashad, and another performance of a medley of her hits.
If anyone had the best time of the night, it was Lil' Kim — who was surprised on stage with an introduction from Puff Daddy, with a salute to her trendsetting contributing to the genre.
On the night of her birthday, Kim performed some of her hit songs — plus performances by The Lox, Lil Mama, and Teyana Taylor.
Queen Latifah came back on stage for the show's finale to perform U.N.I.T.Y. along with several hip hop pioneers — and closed out the show with an inspiring message about equality!
Did YOU catch the Hip Hop Honors? Ch-ch-check out the highlights (below) to see all the tribute performances!
Opening message from Black Lives Matter founders:
Missy Elliott tribute performance:
Queen Latifah tribute performance:
Lil' Kim tribute and performance:
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