‘VH1 Hip Hop Honors’ Puts Spotlight On ‘Dirty South’ Pioneers

Timbaland, Jermaine Dupri, 2 Live Crew and more will be honored at the show, airing June 7.

Rick Ross, Gucci Mane and recently ousted “Dancing With the Stars” contestant Chad Ochocinco will be among the performers and presenters at this year’s “VH1 Hip Hop Honors” festivities, recognizing “The Dirty South.”

The show is set to be taped June 3 at Manhattan’s Hammerstein Ballroom and air Monday, June 7, at 9 p.m. on VH1.

For the first time since the production’s inception, a new host will take the reins, as “Hot Tub Time Machine” star Craig Robinson steps into Tracy Morgan’s unlaced Adidas shell-top sneakers. Timbaland, Jermaine Dupri, Rap-A-Lot Records founder J Prince, Luther Campbell and 2 Live Crew, Master P and Outkast producers Organize Noise will be this year’s honorees.

This is the second year in a row “Hip Hop Honors” centers on a theme; last year, Def Jam Records was honored . The production also returns to Hammerstein Ballroom after a one-year absence. Last year’s taping occurred at the BAM Theater in Brooklyn, New York.

A slew of performers and presenters were announced Wednesday (May 19), including Bun B, Paul Wall, Kelly Rowland, Pitbull, Kid Rock, Taraji P. Henson, Trick Daddy, Mystikal, Plies, Slim Thug, David Banner, Danny Glover, Eddie Griffin and NFL star Terrell Owens, among others.

In past years, Snoop Dogg and the Wu-Tang Clan were feted, as were icons ranging from Big Daddy Kane, KRS-One and Run-DMC.

Four years ago, the ladies took center stage during the show, as Lil’ Kim and MC Lyte rallied their female counterparts, including Remy Ma and Da Brat, for a memorable performance.

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