DrJays.com at the BET Hip Hop Awards 2007
DrJays.com’s Boss Lady represents at the BET Hip Hop Awards 2007
That’s right guys – this weekend Boss Lady was in Atlanta soaking up the crazy atmosphere of the BET Hip Hop Awards.
The tone of the night was definitely one of togetherness, pride and respect for this music form that brings together people from across the world.
The only incident that clouded the event was the arrest earlier in the day of Atlanta’s own T.I.; however it was business as usual for the rest of the show and Tip’s industry peers kept the party going.
Kanye West kicked the show off with a hyped performance of his current hits “Can’t Tell Me Nothing” and “The Good Life”. When he came to the part in the latter track where he raps, “50 told me go ‘head and switch the style up…”, he changed the words to, “50 told me…50 told me…” then burst out laughing. Success is always the sweetest revenge!
LL Cool J then came out and presented the CD of the Year to….
Lil Wayne then commanded the stage with a stripped down, intense performance and when host Katt Williams introduced him, he called him the greatest rapper alive.
Keyshia Cole and Atlanta’s unofficial mayor Jermaine Dupri presented the Move the Crowd award to….
David Banner, his usual eloquent self, made a passionate speech reflecting on the current negative media attention of hip-hop, making special mention of Michael Vick as a sidebar.
Nelly performed two tracks, including his new cut “Shawty What Your Name Is”. His performance included a marching band he hand-picked earlier through a BET contest.
Wyclef Jean and actress Lauren London presented Lyricist of the Year to…
Lil Boosie and Hurricane Chris kept the party going, performing with their hits “Wipe Me Down” and “Ay Bay Bay”.
T.I. was scheduled to perform “You Know What It Is” and “Hurt”, but due to his arrest, his appearance was restricted to huge TV screens of his image on stage. The performance went on with Wyclef, Busta Rhymes, the Grand Hustle family and Katt Williams, who ran out in the beginning, humorously impersonating Tip.
The MVP of the Year award was presented to…
Hip-hop scholar Dr. Michael Eric Dyson made a speech both defending and questioning hip-hop, in the impactful, fiery way only he can.
Model Melyssa Ford and Cee-Lo (on stage she said to him, “I loved you in G-narls Barkley”, mispronouncing the name of the group!) presented the award for Best Collaboration to…
Common performed his hit “Drivin’ Me Wild”.
Dr. Cornel West introduces KRS-One as the very worthy recipient of the I Am Hip-Hop award.
Playaz Circle perform their current hit “Duffle Bag Boy” with Lil Wayne, featuring a very heated verse from Ludacris and a crazy reaction from the crowd.
106 & Park‘s Terrence J and Rocsi present the People’s Choice Award to…
Katt Williams speaks on the Jena 6 situation and introduces two of the young men involved, who go on to present the Best Video award, which goes to…
Soulja Boy fittingly closes the show with the frenzy that is his hit “Crank Dat”, and if you want to know what it looks like for over 500 people to “Superman that ho”, make sure you tune into the BET Hip Hop Awards 2007, airing on BET on October 17 at 8pm (ET/PT).
PS. Jermaine Dupri and Nelly’s afterparty, held at Dupri’s club Studio 72, was crazy; BET executives, MC Lyte, Yo Yo, Ashanti, Busta Rhymes, KRS-One, Kid Capri, everyone was there just having fun and enjoying the night. The perfect way to end a great night!
Ashanti and Nelly
Cee-Lo and Common
Jermaine Dupri and Ciara