By Jack Barnes
VH1 announced today that iconic rapper Lil’ Kim will be honored at VH1 HIP HOP HONORS: ALL HAIL THE QUEENS. Lil’ Kim completes the lineup of honorees joining previously announced artists Queen Latifah, Missy Elliott, and Salt-n-Pepa.
After a six-year hiatus, the revered VH1 HIP HOP HONORS is back celebrating the best and brightest in hip hop with a twist. This year’s live event will pay homage to the female pioneers, trailblazers and trend-setters who led a movement and infiltrated the ranks of the male-dominated genre to make their voices heard and still do today. The final female artist being honored will be announced tomorrow.
Lil’ Kim is a Grammy Award winning, multi-platinum rapper, singer, actress, and fashion icon. Her debut studio album Hard Core went double platinum and spawned three consecutive number 1 rap hits – a record for a female rapper. She is one of the only female rappers to have released at least three consecutive platinum albums and she just released the acclaimed mixtape #LILKIMSEASON and will be seen across the country this summer as part of the Bad Boy Reunion Tour.
“VH1’S HIP HOP HONORS” will air Monday, July 11th at 9PM ET LIVE FROM NY.
Since its inception in 2004, “VH1’S HIP HOP HONORS” has recognized the luminaries who broke new ground and propelled the genre into the cultural phenomenon it has become. From Hip Hop’s pioneers like Public Enemy and Tupac Shakur to Def Jam Records and Russell Simmons, VH1 has honored Hip Hop from its origins through the numerous phases of its musical evolution.
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“VH1’S HIP HOP HONORS” is being produced by Flavor Unit with Shakim Compere and Queen Latifah as Executive Producers along with Monami Productions with Mona Scott-Young as Executive Producer and blacjac Entertainment Group with Jac Benson II as an Executive Producer. For VH1, Amy Doyle, Ryan Kroft and Keshia Williams are Executive Producers, Elena Diaz is Executive in Charge of Talent and Leah Lane and Joe Buoye are Executives in Charge of Production.
VH1 is the dominant pop culture brand for adults 18-34, creating their pop culture today while celebrating the pop culture of their past. VH1 is available in 93 million households in the U.S. VH1 also has an array of digital channels and services including VH1 Classic, VH1 Soul, the VH1 App, VH1.com and @VH1, the hub for all things music and pop culture. Fans may also access current and retro VH1 programming via the VH1 App, the network’s three-in-one video, new form content and co-viewing app, available for free on iOS and Android platforms. VH1 is a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms.
ABOUT LIL’ KIM
Born Kimberly Denise Jones, Lil’ Kim, is a Grammy Award winning multi-platinum rapper, singer, actress, and fashion icon. Her debut studio album “Hard Core” was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and spawned three consecutive No. 1 rap hits: “No Time”, “Not Tonight (Ladies Night remix)”, and “Crush on You”, a record for a female rapper. Her following albums, The Notorious K.I.M. (2000) and La Bella Mafia (2003), were certified Platinum, making her one of the only female rappers to have at least three consecutive platinum albums and to have a #1 Billboard Hot 100 hit with 2001’s Lady Marmalade, featuring Christina Aguilera, Pink, & Mýa. As an actress, Lil’ Kim has appeared on television shows such as Moesha, The Game, and her own reality series Countdown to Lockdown, which has the highest-rated premiere in BET’s history. She appeared in her first major film, “She’s All That”, starring Freddie Prinze Jr. and the late Paul Walker, which landed #1 at the Box Office. She then went on to appear in “Zoolander”, “Juwanna Man”, “Gang of Roses” and “You Got Served.” In 2009, Lil’ Kim danced her way into the hearts of millions on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars. She was undoubtedly a fan favorite on the eighth season of the hit show.
In 2015, Lil’ Kim shut down the BET Awards along with Puff Daddy and The Bad Boy Family for the Bad Boy reunion performance. The crowd stood to their feet in a thunderous applause as she annihilated the stage performing “It’s All About The Benjamins,” without a doubt stealing the show.
Now, in 2016, Lil’ Kim REIGNS, with celebrities like Rihanna, Kim Kardashian, Solange Knowles, Kylie Jenner and many others all paying homage to the Queen Bee, making it known worldwide that it’s officially Lil’ Kim Season! She has been consistently releasing new music and has just released her mixtape entitled #LILKIMSEASON with the first released single being “#MINES” featuring hip hop recording artist Kevin Gates, the record caught fire earning Lil’ Kim to be named as a nominee for best female rap artist at the 2016 BET Awards. In May 2016, she performed two nights in a row at the Barclays Center in her hometown Brooklyn, NY for the Bad Boy Reunion Tour being credited by HOT 97 as one of the best performers for both nights.
This summer, Lil’ Kim will be honored at the 2016, VH1 Hip Hop Honors award show while also traveling the country performing on the Bad Boy Reunion Tour and will continue to release more hot music so stay tuned as it’s Lil’ Kim Season.
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