Every year, VH1 takes some time to give praise to pioneering Rap acts for Hip Hop Honors, a program that has already paid tribute to acts like LL Cool J, Run DMC and Slick Rick. For this year’s show, Hip Hop Honors will not be celebrating any one person’s career and instead, it will be honoring the historic Rap record label Def Jam.
Eminem, Mary J. Blige, DMX, Kid Rock, The Roots and others will be on hand as performers set to pay tribute to Def Jam’s legendary roster. That roster included previous honorees LL Cool, Run DMC, Slick Rick and Public Enemy among others.
Executive Vice President of Music Production Lee Rolontz recently spoke on why they chose to honor a whole label in a brief statement on VH1.com [click here].
“It is impossible to pay tribute to the best in hip hop without recognizing Def Jam Records. Throughout the years VH1 has honored numerous artists from the Def Jam label, but due to the magnificent impact that Def Jam as a company has made on not only Hip Hop culture but pop culture as a whole, we thought they definitely deserved the opportunity to be honored,” she said.
The show will take place at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York. It will air on the network on Tuesday, October 13 on VH1.
Hip Hop Honors has been an annual tradition on VH1 since 2004. The show has paid tribute to DJ Hollywood, Kool Herc, Rock Steady Crew, Big Daddy Kane, MC Lyte, Rakim and many others.