2009 BET Hip-Hop Awards Recap

“Jay-Z, T.I. and Drake were big winners at the 2009 BET Hip Hop Awards hosted by comedian Mike Epps.

In addition to opening the show with a rendition of “As Real As It Gets” off his “Blueprint 3″ featuring Young Jeezy, Hov won the night’s first award when he took MVP of the Year honors over Drake, T.I., Kanye West and Lil Wayne. Jigga also won awards for Best Live Performer and Lyricist of the Year.

Drake, who wasn’t present at the festivities won Rookie of the Year and Track of the Year for his appearance on Young Money’s “Every Girl” while T.I. won Best Hip Hop Collabo for “Live Your Life” with Rihanna and CD of the Year for “Paper Trail.” Since Tip is currently incarcerated, his wife Tiny accepted the trophy on his behalf. Kanye West also won multiple awards. The Louis Vuitton Don won the Producer of the Year and Make-You-Look Award (Best Hip Hop Style).

Ice Cube won the I Am Hip Hop award while Missy Elliot, Sylvia Robinson and Fatima Robinson were recognized as Three Women in Hip Hop for their contributions throughout their careers.

In one of the night’s highlights, some of the game’s best MCs went toe-to-toe during the Hip Hop Awards’ The Cypher. The first Cypher featured Joe Budden, Nicki Minaj, Buckshot and Crown Royyal, the second Wale, KRS-One, Gsan and Nipsey Hussle and the third one, Black Thought, Mos Def and Eminem.

On the performance side, Gucci Mane hit the stage three times, once for his own “Wasted” featuring Plies and on two other occasions to deliver songs with Soulja Boy and Shawty Lo, as well as Mario. Snoop Dogg, The-Dream, Fabolous, Dorrough, Nipsey Hussle, Lil Scrappy and Ludacris also performed. Goodie Mob treated the Civic Center crowd to a performance of “Cell Therapy” to close out the show. ”

Taken from BET.COM

See below for a full list of winners:

Best Hip Hop Collabo
T.I. f/ Rihanna – Live Your Life

Best Live Performer

Lyricist of the Year

Video Director of the Year
Hype Williams

Producer of the Year
Kanye West

Track of the Year
Every Girl – Young Money (Lil Wayne, Drake, Jae Mills, Gudda Gudda & Mack Maine)

CD of the Year
T.I. – Paper Trail

Rookie of the Year

Best Hip Hop Video
T.I. f/ Rihanna – Live Your Life

MVP of the Year

DJ of the Year

Hustler of the Year

Made-You-Look Award (Best Hip Hop Style)
Kanye West

Best Hip Hop Blog Site
All Hip Hop.com

People’s Champ (Viewers Choice)
Fabolous f/ The-Dream – Throw It In The Bag


~Signing Off~

T.I. – 1 Year & 1 Day In Prison


Well, T.I.’s 45 days of redemption are over as he was finally sentenced in his case of trying to purchase illegal firearms. Originally, Clifford Harrison aka T.I., was suppose to do 20 years, but in a plea agreement, in which he would serve 1,500 hours of community service, the judge allowed to reduce the sentence. Also, with good behavior, 15% of his sentence now may be taken away. This case really turned T.I. into a more mature young man and more of a leader in the hip-hop world. This past year was probably one if not the most effective year for the rapper, as he dropped a great album (Paper Trail) and his clothing line Akoo. It is going to be weird without him around but he has to face the consequences. Now he is due 1 year and 1 day in prison.

~Signing Off~



Last night was the first episode of T.I.’s new series Road to Redemption that aired on MTV. The show is about T.I. performing 1,000 hours of community service and helping the lives of 7 individuals that are doing wrong in their lives. T.I. is doing all of this to make an impact on the lives of those 7 strangers and to work out a deal with the government that will not make his possible sentence as harsh as it may get. Last night’s episode featured an 18 year-old by the name of Pee Wee that was hustling in Atlanta. T.I. goes to visit him and tries to teach him that what he is doing is wrong. He took Pee Week to a jail to show him how it feels to be incarcerated and then to a funeral home to show him that those are the two outcomes of selling drugs. At the end, Pee Wee said he wanted to go into acting and that he would stop hustling. T.I. helped him out by getting him an acting coach to help develop the talent. The series is interesting to watch so stay tuned Tuesdays at 9pm on MTV to watch T.I.’s Road to Redemption.

~Signing Off~