In its 7th year, VH1’s Hip Hop Honors will continue celebrating important movements in the culture during this year’s Hip Hop Honors: The Dirty South. This year, the show will have some southern comfort as it celebrates contributions made by southern artists in the game. Jermaine “JD” Dupri, Luther “Luke” Campbell and his 2 Live Crew will be among many celebrated by the VH1 show this year.
Aside from Luke and JD, Master P, Organized Noize, and Rap-A-Lot’s J Prince will be honored with performances by Bun B, Lil Jon, Paul Wall, T-Pain, Trina, Pitbull and more.
This year will not see Tracy Morgan as the show’s host with Honors opting for Craig Robinson instead. Fans may remember him from Hot Tub Time Machine, Pineapple Express and The Office.
Lee Rolontz, the Executive Vice President, Original Music Production and Development over at VH1 said it was important to concentrate on a specific region for this year’s show.
“In order to continue our efforts to honor the best in hip hop, it is so important that we recognize the South and the tremendous impact that it has had on hip hop music. The southern experience is one that is unique to America and while filled with its own testimony of trials and triumphs, hip hop has served as a universal medium where the journey is shared. Some of the most popular current Hip Hop artists are from The South. Our honorees opened the door for the southern story to be told, and it is one that continues to resonate with all people all over the world,” Rolontz said.
The show may be celebrating southern acts but it will still be held at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom. It will air on Monday June 7, at 9:00PM EST on the VH1 network.