VH1 Hip-Hop Honors 2009 Lineup Announced!

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It’s back! This year’s VH1 Hip Hop Honors show will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the seminal Def Jam records. The show premieres Tuesday, Oct. 13 at 9/8c. Full press release is below:

The sixth annual VH1 Hip Hop Honors show will commemorate the 25th anniversary of Def Jam Records, as talents from across all artistic genres come together to celebrate this significant milestone in American hip-hop music. Eminem, Young Jeezy, Rick Ross, Fabolous, Ludacris, DMX, Mary J. Blige, Redman, The Roots, Method Man, ONYX, Public Enemy, Warren G, Kid Rock, Chris Rock, Jimmy Fallon, Brett Ratner, Trey Songz, Ja Rule, Gym Class Heroes, and Scarface are scheduled to show up and show out to celebrate the label that served a catalyst for this American musical phenomenon.

VH1 Hip Hop Honors 2009 will be taped from the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) Howard Gilman Opera House in Brooklyn, New York. 30 Rock’s Tracy Morgan returns as host for the 3rd year, as he will be joined many of hip-hop biggest luminaries. The VH1 Hip Hop Honors 2009 broadcast will premiere on VH1 on Tuesday, October 13 at 9PM ET/PT.*

Def Jam has launched the careers of some of the biggest names in music history and has inspired other emerging labels and artists. Special homage will be paid to the architects of the label, Rick Rubin, Russell Simmons, Kevin Liles, Lyor Cohen, Julie Greenwald, Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter and Antonio “L.A.” Reid (Chairman Island Def Jam Music Group). Presenters and performers honor the history and the legacy of Def Jam Records through never-seen-before interviews, archival footage and special musical performances of some of Def Jam’s greatest hits. It promises to be a night that will showcase how Def Jam came and remains to be one of the premier record labels of hip-hop music.

Hip Hop fans can go to HipHop.VH1.com now to comment on this year’s line-up and to weigh in on what they’d like to hear at this year’s celebration. Additionally, on Monday, September 14, VH1 will launch the full show site at HipHop.VH1.com with artist profiles, exclusive online programming, show information and more. Additional VH1.com and VH1 Mobile efforts for VH1 Hip Hop Honors will be announced in the coming weeks.

VH1 Hip Hop Honors is executive produced by Lee Rolontz for VH1 and Jac Benson for Blacjac Entertainment. Louis J. Horvitz will direct. Nelson George and Fab 5 Freddie are co-executive producers.

Additionally, we want to know where on the web hip-hop fans go for the latest news in fashion, music, and nightlife. So tell us! Nominate your favorite online destinations in the following categories:

- Best Hip Hop DJ
- Best Hip Hop Gear
- Best Hip Hop Radio Station
- Best Hip Hop Site
- Best Hip Hop Venue

These will be featured in a special section of hiphop.vh1.com. Submit your list of top sites to us at vh1hiphophonors@vh1.com by September 10 . The nominees will be announced and voting will begin on September 14.

[All artist images are via Getty.]

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  1. uknow says:

    and yet… no bone thugs n harmony.. shame shame shame

  2. Dominick says:

    I really think you should honor OutKast as a honoree. They distinctlly put ATL on da map befoer anybody with classic albums as Aquemini, ATLiens, Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik, and etc…. and Big Boi and 3000 are two authentic artists that NO ONE will duplicate

  3. realityfiend504 says:

    So what rappers are actually being honored this year? I co-sign that it’s high time Outkast got honored. I think Scarface and UGK deserve some recognition too.

  4. Sikeone says:

    I have some Illustrations & Airbrush portraits of def jam artist that i would like to submit.How can i go about that?

  5. mat says:

    when is queen latifah ever gonna be honor???? she definitely deserves it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. E says:

    “THE BEASTIE BOYS!!!!!!!!!!”

  7. seahall says:

    when will u give hip hop honors 2 mc hammer,kid n’play,heavy d and the boyz,kool moe dee and t3,kool g rap and dj polo, dj jazzy jeff and the fresh prince,vanilla ice and oaktown’s 357 rap and hip hop go with GOD

  8. KB says:

    When is Heavy D & The Boyz, Will Smith, EPMD & Pete Rock & CL SMooth gonna be honored?

  9. Jonz says:

    JimmyJazz.com for best Hip Hop Gear!!!

  10. PHR3SH says:

    WHY ISNT OUTKAST HONORED. ALL I HEAR IS NEW YORK THIS AND L.A THAT. WHAT ABOUT OUTKAST, 8BALL & MJG, SCARFACE, UGK R.I.P PIMP C. C’MON MAN, YA NEED TO TIGHTEN UP. ZONE 4 ATL FOR LIFE.

  11. double r says:

    for all the complaints about teh lack of southern artists, the list for this years artists is great. Love the fact that Def Jam is being honored they have revolutionized hip hop as we know it. Big Ups

  12. djawad says:

    I wonder what’s gonna happen between ja rule and eminem….and i don’t know why em is here?? he’s not and never be on def jam!!!!

  13. rell says:

    i dont think its a shame that bone hasnt been honored yet.. i mean if jay-z is just gettin in and russell simmons i think bone will be in by 2011 i think they got some of the older rap groups 1st like public enemy wu tang clan, cyress hill, naughty by nature, de la soul , tribe called quest, whodini, all groups that should be honored in front of bone

  14. ILLAGEE says:

    I like the line up for Hip-Hop Honors, but I don’t see LL Cool J and EPMD

  15. BABY-D 111th says:

    IT I5 WAT IT I5

  16. ill will says:

    it’s a disgust that gangstarr has yet to be recognized,or pete rock and cl smooth,what about jeru the damaja, that’s hip hop at it’s best how dare vh1 not honor these legends

  17. Lonnie316 says:

    I wonder if my boy E-40 will ever get honored at the Hip Honors Awards. It would be a shame, but not surprising if he doesn’t get it. He has not received the recognition that he truly deserves. He is the most underrated rapper in hip hop history! I don’t care which rapper that some people might mentioned as the best no one has put it down like 40 Water. Long live E-40.

  18. hotterthanice says:

    eminem all the way

  19. kim says:

    you guys act like this is the LAST vh1 honors, im sure everyone will get their recognition. there are a lot of hip hop artists that havent been honored yet, it’s only once a year…………have some patience people.

  20. kayli says:

    i herd your new song and i hope that you will rap still

  21. shahid says:

    WHEN WILL VH1 HONOR QUEEN LATIFAH!!!! YA’LL PLAY TOO MUCH! MISSY B4 THE QUEEN?! NOW MJB?! WHAT ARE YA’LL DOIN OVER THERE! FALLLLLLIN OFF!

  22. JOEL V. PUERTO RICO says:

    WHY ISNT LL COOL J, THE BEASTIE BOYS, SLICK RICK, NAS, 3RD BASS, EPMD

  23. JOEL V. PUERTO RICO says:

    WHY ISNT LL COOL J, NAS, BEASTIE BOYS, SLICK RICK,
    3RD BASS, EPMD

  24. JOEL V. PUERTO RICO says:

    WHY ISNT LL COOL J, NAS, BEASTIE BOYS, SLICK RICK,
    3RD BASS, EPMD.

  25. Desiree' says:

    This is a COP-OUT! It’s like whoever is apart of the induction panel just simply gave up. Last year’s show was amazing and instead of being thoughtful and actually selecting artists’, you just choose a whole record label. I’m not saying that they shouldn’t eventually be inducted but the whole damn show shouldn’t be about them. Not right now. This is bull and you know it.

  26. MistaJohn says:

    Why are you rewriting history?

    Where’s – 3rd Bass? LL Cool J? Slick Rick? EPMD? Nice & Smooth?

    I know for a fact that some of these artists haven’t even been asked to appear – these are artists who put the roof on DJ.

  27. chris thermo says:

    MY picks for the honorees

    1-EPMD
    2-Kool G Rap and DJ Polo
    3-Kid and Play
    4-Nice and Smooth
    5-Queen Latifah
    6-Leaders of the New School
    7-Brand Nubian
    8-Jungle Brothers

  28. larronda says:

    LUDACRIS!!!!!!!!!!! 4GET EVERYBODY ELSE

  29. larronda says:

    LUDACRIS ALL THE WAY!!!!!!!!!!!! 4GET EVERYBODY ELSE

  30. Megan says:

    1. Run-D.M.C.
    2. Public Enemy
    3. 2 Pac
    4. Eric B. & Rakim
    5. Jay Z
    6. N.W.A
    7. The Notorious B.I.G.
    8. LL Cool J
    9. Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five
    10. Outkast

  31. jess says:

    how do u get to attend the show

  32. Daniela Walker says:

    To Whom It May Concern:
    I would like to know when you are going to put Queen Latifah and MC Lyte in the Hip Hop Honors? They deserve to be in the Hip Hop Honors just as much as anyone else. Please put Queen Latifah in the Hip Hop Honors and not just as a presentor or a host. Thank you for your time and patience.

  33. crazy cutter dj says:

    utfo geto boys fresh prince jazzy jeff outkast ganksta nip ugk thats what im saying

  34. Ty says:

    I don’t know if alot of the people posting here are aware but, ALOT of the people you’re talking about have already been honored like L.L. so, why keep having the same people on over and over again?

    It’s only one show, once a year you can’t have everybody on it.

  35. timothy says:

    can we get tickets to the show

  36. c larock says:

    c larock born and raised in the south bronx c larock records group back in the 80s called younger geration

  37. Mz. B says:

    1.8Ball MJG ALL The Way, Scarface,Queen Latifah,Kool Moe D, Heavy D n the Boyz,Outkast, DR.DRE, EPMD,MASTER P, Mystical, Bone Thugs N Harmony,Will Smith DJ Jazzy Jeff, Yall Need To Give Theese People Their Props

  38. Jimmy says:

    When will Sal of Fever Records and owner of The Disco Fever get nominated. He was a very big part of hip hop in the Bronx. The Disco Fever is Legendary. Come on people get on the ball. Sal needs to be honored!!!

  39. Missy says:

    DaH, Def Jam will be honored for there work n the industry. at first it was all good with list of entertainers until I seen the names of onyx? why? they tryin to give them a Lil paycheck, and Redman and method man I could have done with out– there rap duo style that they have together is corny and hilarious, moving on—-public enemy and warren G yes definitely needed a paycheck I could have also done without them. What is the deal with Jay-z not being there DEF-Jam basically made his career DEF Jam helped him a lot. his knew CD is not doing so well first week was like what 3-4hun-thousand Mary J, Blige CD did better Jay z new CD is whack I have been a fan of his for so long, I seen him on the Bill Mahler show and he mentioned with all his last CD’S he had a lot to talk about I guess now cause he got a couple dollars it ain’t to much to holler bout lately if you ask me he has spit better versus on other people tracks as a feature.

  40. Derrick says:

    LL COOL J… I don’t understand why LL hasn’t been honored… It is a terrible shame that he is one of the biggest artists ever and he is not even mentioned as someone who help build Def Jam into what it is… He has not only spent his whole career on the label, but he is a Hip Hop icon… Such a shame…

  41. Thoughtfool says:

    You gotta put this on DVD. 25 years, to celebrate Def Jam! OH FOR SHIIIIZ!. I would pay a fortune for a copy. I will sell my car if i had too

  42. EJ says:

    Do anybody know if they are having a HIP HONOR WEEK This year. pce

  43. jean c says:

    Dear vh1 i am going to watch that Hip Hop Honors show will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the seminal Def Jam records. The show premieres Tuesday, Oct. 13 because of ja rule is part of that thank you i hope you guys make him happy.

  44. Shawty says:

    CANT WAIT TO SEE DMX and JA RULE
    love em

  45. joeyb says:

    UGK 4 LIFE! vh1, you need to recognize the south. we are tired of hip hop being a new york thing.

  46. Tez says:

    hell yea, MURDER INC IN THE BUILDING, JA RULE DO YO THANG MY BOY, SHOW THESE YOU STILL HERE, ITS MURDAAAAAAAAAAAAAA 4 LIFE

  47. Charm says:

    It disgust me that DMX was invited to perform at the VH1 Hip Hop Honors Awards.

  48. luis says:

    NO DJ SCREW???? c’mon now… they should have some southern rappers in there like UGK, OUTKAST, GOODIE MOBB, 8Ball & MJG, Or DJ PAUL JUICY J…. THE OLD SOUTH NEEDS RECOGNITION!!!

  49. Negrogu says:

    _&&“`)#~*^~)(!~ Def Jam

  50. jnick72 says:

    I have not read all the post but, how you going to have a Def Jam honors with out any tribute to Jason William Mizell, AKA Jam Master Jay. May he rest in piece. Not to forget a tribute to Run DMC all together. They made history. First Rap artist on mtv, or did yall foget dat!!!!

  51. guitarman says:

    that show sucked they didnt even mention memphis thats stupid they obciously dont know hip hop if they forget memphis and three 6 mafia and kia shine