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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.

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“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!

The Hip-Hop Inaugural Ball II
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