It takes some serious guts to host the BET Hip Hop Awards. And that’s exactly why each of its eight hosts so far were chosen to take control of their stage: they were brave, hilarious, and ready to step up to the plate and prove their worth. These guys come all walks of life in the music and entertainment fields and were established well before they became hosts. But in the aftermath of each of their turns, they’ve become mythical entertainment figures who continue to entertain the world in more ways than one.
On Oct 27, 85 South (made up of Karlous Miller, DC Young Fly, and Chico Bean will be hosting the 2020 Bet Hip Hop Awards. Ahead of their turn as emcees of the most entertaining award show during award season, BET is letting readers know what the previous hosts of the show are doing now in the middle of the pandemic. Though their trajectories are different, one commonality in all of their paths is that you’ll be seeing each of them again very, very soon.
Since hosting the 2006 BET Hip Hop Awards, legendary comedian Katt Williams has only made his legacy even more mythical. He’s starred in movies such as Scary Movie 5, Father Figures, and Meet The Blacks 2: The House Next Door and also released seven comedy specials. He continues to captivate audiences worldwide.
By the time that the 2007 BET Hip Hop Awards came, T-Pain was already working on his third album. He continued his run as rap’s greatest feature artist the following years and released four more LPs since. His latest release was last year’s 1UP. He’s been working heavily in the world of gaming as well.
From Next Friday to the BET Hip Hop Awards stage — Mike Epps has proven that his ability to elevate constantly is his strongest trait. Following hosting the show from 2009 to 2012, Epps has put out the Mike Epps: Don’t Take It Personal comedy special and also has become an in-demand actor in Hollywood. He’s currently preparing for his role in Last Friday.
Rap veteran Snoop Dogg hosted the BET Hip Hop Awards from 2013 to 2015 and then came back in 2016 to get the well-deserved I Am Hip Hop Award. He’s released four albums since then — including one (Bible of Love) that was inspired by gospel music — and there’s no sign of the prolific entertainer slowing down anytime soon. Next up. he’ll be heading out on the I Wanna Thank Me tour in 2021.
In 2016 and 1017, DJ Khaled brought his warm energy and spectacular coordination skills to the BET Hip Hop Awards as its host, putting together a myriad of experiences that created an unforgettable night. Amid the chart-topping records and endorsement deals, he’s preparing to release his 12th studio album, Khaled Khaled. He’s simply unstoppable.
Before he hosted the 2018 BET Hip Hop Awards, DeRay Davis was a comedic legend appearing in countless films like Barbershop, Barbershop 2, and 21 Jump Street, while also performing on stage and appearing in a number of tv shows like Empire and Wild ‘N Out. He’s still contributing to his legacy and performing comedy tours, with one of his recent being the Lit AF tour.
Comedian-turned-rapper-then-comedian-again Lil Duval lit up the 2019 BET Hip Hop Awards stage like no other. He brought his ability to make people double-over and convulse with laughter on social media to the legendary stage and shut it down. In the aftermath of his recent hosting gig, he’s back to being the funniest man on social media, making fans crack up with his unique take on love, relationships, and more.
Photo: Rick Diamond/WireImage for BET Network