The 2021 Hip Hop Awards was one for the books. The 85 South’s Karlous Miller, DC Young Fly, & Chico Beans hosted the show and was filled with surprise guest appearances, big wins, and even more explosive performances. With this year’s show around the corner, we’re looking back on some unforgettable moments, including five of the most explosive performances from past ceremonies, including the first ever Hip Hop Awards. Check it out below.
Rick Ross & T-Pain
Rappers Rick Ross and rap/singer T-Pain took viewers on a trip in time during the 2019 Hip Hop Awards for a fiery performance of some of their most classic hits, including “Maybach Music,” “Boss,” “Hustlin, Stay Schemin’” and more.
During the 2021 Hip Hop Awards, St. Louis-based rapper Nelly was honored with the “I Am Hip Hop Award.” His friend and legendary producer/songwriter Jermaine Dupri presented the prestigious award. Nelly later took the stage where he performed a medley of hits, including “E.I., “Country Grammar,” “Air Force Ones,” “Where The Party At,” “Grillz,” Ride Wit Me,” “Dilemma,” Flap Your Wings” and his most iconic record, “Hot In Herre.”
Jermaine Dupri ft. Ludacris, Young Jeezy & Lil Jon
In 2006, Jermaine Dupri, Ludacris, Young Jeezy, and Lil Jon opened up the first ever Hip Hop Awards at the Fox Theater in Atlanta, Ga, with an unforgettable performance of their hit smash collaboration “Welcome to Atlanta.”
West Coast rapper The Game had the entire room on their feet during his performance of “One Blood” and “Twist Up (the remix)” at the inaugural Hip Hop Awards in 2006. At the time, the veteran emcee used the moment to squash his feud with several of his peers, including G-Unit boss 50 Cent.
Young Thug & Gunna
Friends and frequent collaborators Young Thug and Gunna took the stage at the 2021 Hip Hop Awards for an unforgettable performance of several of their hits, including “Tick Tock,” “Ski,” and “Too Easy.” The latter was released just days before the two rappers performed it live in front of audience members.
Watch the Hip Hop Awards on Tuesday, October 4, at 9 PM ET/PT on BET