Musical tributes can take an array of forms, from a loose interpretation of the artist's work to an attempt at mirroring the original version of a song. For Monday night's Lil' Kim tribute at VH1's Hip Hop Honors, Teyana Taylor chose the second option. And the performance made it look like it was a role she was born to play. [Note: VH1 and MTV News are both owned by Viacom.]
The medley started with appearances from Lil Mama and Dej Loaf — who, donning wigs and brightly colored outfits, did an admirable job of celebrating Kim's legacy, too — and also included The Lox and French Montana. But it was Taylor's performance that was particularly remarkable. Her vocals and energy were a near indistinguishable match from The Queen Bee's originals.
For comparison, here's the original "All About the Benjamins," which she probably has been practicing in the mirror for 15 years:
She was even in full-on Kimmy mode backstage:
After the performance, Diddy surprised Kim with a tribute of his own.
In addition to Kim, Queen Latifah, Salt-N-Pepa, and Missy Elliott were also honored at the event.