The BET “HIP HOP AWARDS” has remained the most prominent hip hop showcase on television for over ten years with its powerful performances, iconic hip hop honorees and much-anticipated cyphers. Today BET Networks announces the first lady of Bad Boy Records, Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum rapper, singer, actress, and fashion icon, Lil Kim will receive the 2019 “I Am Hip Hop” Award.
Lil’ Kim’s debut studio album Hard Core was certified Double Platinum and spawned three consecutive No. 1 rap hits: “No Time,” “Not Tonight (Ladies Night Remix),” and “Crush on You,” making Kim the first female rapper with three consecutive number-one singles on Billboard’s Rap Songs chart. Her following albums, The Notorious K.I.M. (2000) and La Bella Mafia (2003), were certified Platinum, making her one of the only female rappers to have at least three consecutive Platinum albums. She also scored a #1 Billboard Hot 100 hit with 2001’s “Lady Marmalade,” featuring Christina Aguilera, Pink, & Mýa. Lil’ Kim is a trailblazer that will forever be embedded within the pages of pop culture and fashion. Her iconic and head-turning looks helped to pave the way for urban culture to be accepted on runways and in magazines. As an actress, Lil’ Kim has appeared on numerous television shows including two reality series. She has also appeared in numerous films including, She’s All That, Zoolander, Juwanna Man, Gang of Roses and You Got Served. Lil’ Kim has also danced her way into the hearts of millions on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars.
In June 2018 Lil’ Kim received a proclamation from New York City and was honored by the New York City Council’s Black, Latino, and Asian Caucus (BLAC) as part of the annual African-American Music Appreciation Month in June 2018 for her contribution to hip hop. Now Lil’ Kim is gearing up to release her fifth studio album 9 this fall via Queen Bee Entertainment/Entertainment One.
And the hottest night in hip hop is only getting started and returns to Atlanta with confirmed performances by global superstars and Atlanta natives Offset and Lil Jon; “Houston Hottie” and official leader of the Hot Girl Summer, Megan Thee Stallion; fresh off the release of his 10th studio album Port of Miami 2, Rick Ross; 2019 “BET Awards” Best New Artist Winner, Lil Baby; in his first TV performance from his new album Kirk, DaBaby; Chicago’s own, Chance The Rapper; winner of the “Masked Singer,” T-Pain; as well as Rapsody, YBN Cordae Ft. Anderson .Paak., Saweetie, KaMillion, and Tom. G.
Presenters for the evening will include R&B superstar, Teyana Taylor, and Academy Award-nominated actor and star of “Queen & Slim,” Daniel Kaluuya.
For the first time ever, the BET “Hip Hop Awards” will also include a live battle rap hosted by Ultimate Rap League founder Smack featuring noted battle rappers DNA, Geechi Gotti, T-Top, and Shotgun Suge. DJ Holiday will serve as the official announcer and house DJ for the evening.
Hosted by comedian Lil Duval, the 2019 BET Hip Hop Awards will premiere on Tuesday, October 8, 2019, at 8:00 PM ET/PT. Internationally, the BET “Hip Hop Awards” 2019 will simulcast live on BET Africa October 9, 2019, at 2:00 AM CAT, and premiere on BET UK on October 10, 2019, at 9 PM BST; BET France on October 10, 2019, at 8:45 PM CEST; and BET South Korea October 10, 2019, at 9:00 PM KST.
Jesse Collins, CEO of Jesse Collins Entertainment, will serve as Executive Producer of the BET “Hip Hop Awards” 2019 along with Connie Orlando, BET Head of Programming and Jeannae Rouzan–Clay, Vice President of Specials, Jesse Collins Entertainment.
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