50 CENT was the big winner at a violence-marred inaugural VIBE MUSIC AWARDS
in Santa Monica, California, last night (15NOV04) after claiming three of the
The rap star took home honours for Artist of The Year, Dopest Album (GET
RICH OR DIE TRYIN') and Hottest Hook (In Da Club).
The event, hosted by Queen Latifah, also saw hip-hop couple Beyonce
KNOWLES and Jay-Z walk away with gongs - Beyonce was named Most Stylish Artist,
while she and Jay-Z earned kudos for Coolest Collabo (Crazy In Love).
Jay-Z was also presented with the night's TuBig Award - an achievement
prize honouring the legacy of late rappers Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls.
Meanwhile, producer and performer Pharrell Williams claimed the Tightest
Team Player award for his work with N*E*R*D and The Neptunes; Joe Budden took
home the Next award for new artists, and Missy Elliott was honoured with the
prize for WORK IT.
Rap pioneer Russell Simmons was presented with the VX Award for lifetime
The evening's celebrations were marred when a fight broke out between
audience members protesting Dr Dre. One guest was stabbed and the proceedings
were held up as security men attempted to restore order.