T.I., Chamillionaire Win Big at First BET Awards
Mon, 13 Nov 2006 11:07:56
The BET Hip Hop Awards made their debut Sunday night (November 12th) in Atlanta with a taped show that the BET Network will air on Wednesday, November 15th. And Atlanta-based stars ruled the evening, with ATL native son T.I. leading the charge. The self-proclaimed "King of the South" won trophies for three of the eight categories in which he was nominated: Video of the Year, CD of the Year, and the top prize, Hip Hop MVP of the Year.
"You can't hate on hard work and talent," T.I. said during his acceptance speech. "This awards show will show people a lot about where I come from."
Another southern rapper, Texas native Chamillionaire, was the evening's other multiple award winner, scoring trophies for Rookie of the Year and the Alltel Wireless People's Champ award, voted on by fans. Even when New Yorker Jay-Z took the award for Hip Hop Hustler, he acknowledged the evening's southern slant. "Luda is supposed to win this one," he joked, referring to his friend Ludacris, an Atlanta native nominated in the same category.
The evening's performances also leaned heavily on homegrown talent, beginning with a performance of the 2001 hit "Welcome to Atlanta" that featured ATL stars Lil Jon, Ludacris, Jermaine Dupri and Young Jeezy. Jeezy was the evening's most frequent performer, also joining Luda for a rendition of his hit "Grew Up a Screw Up" and rocking a strip-club stage show for his own "I Luv It." T.I. and Atlanta-based DJ Unk also gave performances, as did The Game, Snoop Dogg and Jim Jones.
One of the evening's highlights came when the legendary Grandmaster Flash accepted the I Am Hip Hop Icon award, BET's version of a lifetime achievement award. Flash, one of the earliest and most influential hip-hop DJs, gave a heartfelt acceptance speech, saying, "To get an award for my technological ability means a whole lot more than anything else I've accomplished in my life."
--The ARTISTdirect Staff