Missy Elliott, Timbaland and The Neptunes will be honoured by the mayor of their Virginia Beach hometown.

Between them, the stars were nominated for 14 Grammy Awards this year (04), and Mayor MEYERA E OBERNDORF plans to hold a ceremony reflecting the Virginia natives and rap music's growing influence on the annual show.

He says, "It will be Recording Arts and Sciences Day in honour of these extremely gifted young people."

Last month (JAN04), Roc-A-Fella Records co-founder Damon Dash was honoured in nearby Richmond, Virginia, as a part of the FREEDOM CLASSIC FESTIVAL.

The date for the honouring ceremony has yet to be set.

10/02/2004 09:15