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All Hail the Queens! Missy Elliot, Lil Kim, Queen Latifah, Da Brat, Eve, Ashanti & More at the VH1 Hip Hop Honors

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Queen Latifah, Lil Kim

Queen Latifah, Lil Kim

After a six-year hiatus, VH1’s Hip Hop Honors made a triumphant return on Monday night with a program dedicated entirely to female rappers.

The event was held at David Geffen Hall in New York City. It featured live performances by most of the honorees along with new school artists who had been influenced by them.

The eighth edition of the event was dubbed “All Hail the Queens” and it was a tribute to Missy Elliot, Lil Kim, Queen Latifah and Salt-N-Pepa.

The event was attended by Fantasia, Monica, Eve, Tweet, Trina, Keke Palmer, Dej Loaf, MC Lyte, Amber Rose, Ashanti, Lil Mama, Teyana Taylor, Sean Combs, Rich Homie Quan, Timberland, Naughty by Nature, Remy Ma, Fat Joe, Busta Rhymes and so many more stars.

During the show Queen Latifah gave a passionate speech about racism in the wake of Black Lives Matter protests going on in America. She started off by praising her fellow female artists for paving the way for the hip-hop genre and then she addressed high racial tensions following the deaths of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile and the five Dallas police officers.

She said:

All of these queens in this building, we built hip-hop. We built hip-hop. And there’s no way that I can allow us to be erased from the history or the future of hip-hop. So understand that this has been happening for a long time and it will continue.

Listen we all know that the world, that our world, is really tense right now. It’s a lot of angst. It’s a lot of hurt. A lot of pain,. I’m hoping that we can somehow manage to channel all of these emotions that we have in a positive way by not taking ’no’ and really do something to change our world.

I don’t care how much money or things I have, or Puff has or Missy has. If I go outside and try to hail a cab and he passes me for the white woman standing right there, that racism is still alive and kicking. And we have to change that. And I’m not blaming the white lady, she needed a cab too.

I’m just saying we got to change this attitude.

See all the photos from the red carpet and the show below.

Red Carpet

Lil Kim

Lil Kim

Queen Latifah

Queen Latifah

Ashanti

Ashanti

Monica

Monica

Keyshia Cole

Keyshia Cole

Kelly Rowland

Kelly Rowland

Eve

Eve

Keke Palmer

Keke Palmer

La La Anthony

La La Anthony

Chanel Iman

Chanel Iman

Dej Loaf

Dej Loaf

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Fantasia

Fantasia

Vashtie Kola

Vashtie Kola

Bre-Z

Bre-Z

Rich Homie Quan

Rich Homie Quan

Coco & Ice T

Coco & Ice T

MC Lyte

MC Lyte

LL Cool J

LL Cool J

Adrienne C. Moore

Adrienne C. Moore

Omari Hardwick & Lela Loren

Omari Hardwick & Lela Loren

Nelly Furtado & Blood Orange

Nelly Furtado & Blood Orange

Kelly Rowland & Keyshia Cole

Kelly Rowland & Keyshia Cole

Teyana Taylor & Iman Shumpert

Teyana Taylor & Iman Shumpert

Cardi B

Cardi B

Alicia Quales

Alicia Quales

Jazmine Sullivan

Jazmine Sullivan

Amber Rose

Amber Rose

Fat Joe

Fat Joe

Lil Mama

Lil Mama

 Leanne 'Lelee' Lyons, Cheryl 'Coko' Gamble, and Tamara 'Taj' George of Sisters With Voices

Leanne ‘Lelee’ Lyons, Cheryl ‘Coko’ Gamble, and Tamara ‘Taj’ George of Sisters With Voices

Winnie Harlow

Winnie Harlow

Timberland

Timberland

Dascha Polanco

Dascha Polanco

Remy Ma

Remy Ma

Da Brat

Da Brat

Nelly Furtado

Nelly Furtado

The Show

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Photo Credit: Getty Images/Michael Loccisano

18 Comments

  1. Matt

    July 12, 2016 at 7:58 pm

    BUHARI AGAIN??? Why must federal government declare Tope song by Nizzybwoy Stbm uncensored? find out from the Newly Signed Artist by Rapper Reminisce…. Ola dips…

  2. nwa nna

    July 12, 2016 at 9:07 pm

    WTF is Dabrat wearing for crying out loud?! Lil Kim looking like an Asian midget ?

    • Jezebel

      July 12, 2016 at 9:49 pm

      Lol DaBrat looked like she was ready to party like it was 1997. As for Lil Kim, I have no words.

  3. Jade Edo babe

    July 12, 2016 at 9:07 pm

    Kelly Rowland looks like a Barbie, so gorgeous. Her body is goals, one of the best body in the industry.
    Leotard can be so unflattering especially with a fake plastic butt. lil Kim in it was disastrous.

  4. Pretty girl

    July 12, 2016 at 10:02 pm

    Lil kim menh babe u knw just try at all who ever did this to u. U must go back to the person and collect every cent the person took u would have just left ur self the way u were now see u acording to Naw nna u look like an Asian midget.

  5. Tt

    July 12, 2016 at 10:20 pm

    I just love Kelly Rowland… The best look .

  6. Niyoola

    July 12, 2016 at 11:20 pm

    Too many trashy looking ladies (even the guys look horrible)

    Lil Kim, girl…… you need a refund & a time machine.
    Ashanti….. Pls buy whitenicious, the cream you ar using now is not werking well
    Keke Palmer, your edges are fading mehn, and why you try so hard to look so skanky?
    Monica…. really? Shiny suit???
    Eve…….that dress ain’t it at all
    Nelly Furtado……. Erm are you 30months preggie? Whatchu got under that outfit?
    Lala…, love your shoes, hate your dress
    Fantasia……. the American Ini. Always looks like you are trying too hard
    Kelly…… as fabulous as ever
    If I had Chanel’s tummy, I would put on crop tops only; body bangin’ whot!?!?!?!

    I deserve an award from BN for this. My very first red carpet review. Boredom is a disease.

  7. Brandy

    July 13, 2016 at 12:26 am

    Everyone looks hideous. Lil Kim. Danm u look like a whale. U need to get a head transplant!!!! I vomited in my mouth when I saw ur scary photo.
    The girl from America nxt top model best dress.

  8. ANGRY ME

    July 13, 2016 at 8:23 am

    Queen Latifah and Kelly Rowland did it for me and Winnie Harlow be wearing her vitiligo beautifully.

  9. onyii

    July 13, 2016 at 10:05 am

    I love those three ladies-sisters with voices- they look so good.

  10. ramat

    July 13, 2016 at 10:53 am

    Keke Palmer needs to fire both her stylist and image consultant.

  11. Bella

    July 13, 2016 at 11:01 am

    A few hits and misses but Kelly Rowland, Queen L, did it for me. The rest MISSES!!

  12. Ada_ugo

    July 13, 2016 at 1:01 pm

    I usually don’t do this but Nelly Furtado get’s a red card for those shoes!!…

  13. Ada_ugo

    July 13, 2016 at 1:03 pm

    one day, kids will look back at old live performances in the 90’s and early 2,000’s and ask their parents “Mummy, how come that singer is wearing clothes? What’s wrong with her?”

  14. Rayva

    July 13, 2016 at 1:28 pm

    Lil kim reminds me of Miss Piggy in the Muppets show……….Kelly is bae

  15. lulu

    July 13, 2016 at 2:06 pm

    Most of these women look RATCHET!!! Put some class in it for crying out loud!

  16. Anon

    July 13, 2016 at 2:52 pm

    All I see it Kelly + Kelly’s dress + Lala’s shoes <3

  17. Single Shalewa, Bitter Bintu!

    July 13, 2016 at 4:50 pm

    I’m shocked it wasn’t a costume party. Am i the only who almost fell off the chair on seeing Teyana Taylor’s hideous outfit? Please who’s she dressed as? Urgh!

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