An idea originally launched by Russell Simmons brought Hip-Hop’s legends and current stars together to honor a few that are responsible for what the genre is today. The evening was hosted by LaLa Anthony and Terrence J and may arguable be the most star-studded event of the weekend so far.
“I think hip-hop had a role in making sure we elected a black president in America because we made it so that black people were in people’s homes … through our music and through our culture,” John Legend said Sunday night at the Hip-Hop Inaugural Ball. “I think it made Barack Obama and more people like him possible, so I’m really thankful for hip-hop and the role it plays in society,” he continued.
John Legend was awarded the humanitarian award while Hip-hop pioneers MC Lyte and Doug E. Fresh were both given lifetime achievement awards. 2 Chainz earned the street solider award for encouraging young voters as a spokesperson for the Hip-Hop Caucus’ “Respect My Vote!” campaign. Actress Rosario Dawson won the vanguard award for her work as chairman of the Voto Latino organization.
Check out how stunning everyone one looked. Looks like Russell may have enforced a dress code!
1. Lance Gross1 of 17
2. Jadakiss2 of 17
3. Rosario Dawson3 of 17
4. Shanina Shaik and Tyson Beckford4 of 17
5. Denyce Lawton5 of 17
6. LaLa Anthony6 of 17
7. LaLa Anthony and Terrance J7 of 17
8. Angela Simmons8 of 17
9. Meek Mill9 of 17
10. Swizz Beatz10 of 17
11. 2 Chainz11 of 17
12. Kenny Lattimore12 of 17
13. Rapper Yo-Yo performs13 of 17
14. Rapper Lil Mama performs14 of 17
15. Elle Varner15 of 17
16. Rosario Dawson receives an award16 of 17
17. Rapper/actress MC Lyte17 of 17