Hip-hop icon Notorious BIG will receive a posthumous award at music TV station VH1's Hip-Hop Honors show on 22 September (05).

Notorious will be alongside a host of hip-hop royalty including groundbreaking rappers Big Daddy Kane, LL Cool J, Ice-T, SALT-N-PEPPER and GRANDMASTER FLASH AND THE FURIOUS FIVE.

The awards show was broadcast for the first time last year (04), and it's immediate success has convinced organisers to make it an annual event.

Executive producer LEE ROLONTZ says, "Our first Hip Hop Honors proved to be an incredible success not only for the channel but also within the hip-hop community. It was a long overdue celebration of the genesis and roots of a genre that has permeated world culture.

"This year's honorees run the gamut from MCs to trailblazing duos to an iconic motion picture - all of which have had a massive impact on the hip-hop music landscape."

Among the artists honoured at the inaugural event were Tupac Shakur, RUN DMC and Public Enemy.

29/06/2005 08:59