The South ruled Black Entertainment Television’s Hip-Hop Awards nominations October 12th in Atlanta, and the city’s own
Stephen Hill, executive vice president of BET’s entertainment, music programming and talent, explained the aim of the network’s inaugural hip-hop awards ceremony.
“This show is very much about where hip-hop culture is right now, but we will honor the original four elements of hip-hop and show their connection to today’s beats, rhymes and life,” Hill said in a statement.
Those elements – DJing, MCing, breakdancing and graffiti art – will be honored in the producer, lyricist, director and hip-hop dance of the year categories. The ceremony will also honor an artist that played a founding role in the genre – Grandmaster Flash – with the “I Am Hip-Hop” Icon award.
The ceremony will take place at Atlanta’s