The South relocated to New York City for the “2010 VH1 Hip Hop Honors.” The biggest names in hip-hop and R&B converged on the Hammerstein Ballroom to pay respect to the Dirty South. Among the highlights…
• Drake, in a “Free Wayne” T-shirt, and Bun B performing “Get Throwed” in tribute to J Prince of Rap-A-Lot Records.
• Jermaine Dupri going back in time with Bow Wow on the Kriss Kross classic “Jump,” and bringing Diddy and Lil Jon to the stage for “Welcome to Atlanta.”
• Missy Elliott reemerging to honor Timbaland with “Get Your Freak On” and “Work It,” plus Bun B rapping “Big Pimpin’,” Fabolous doing “Make Me Better,” and Keri Hilson collaborating with D.O.E. and Sebastian on “The Way I Are.”
• Kelly Rowland and David Banner commemorating their region by introducing Slim Thug (“Like a Boss”), Paul Wall (“Sittin’ Sidewayz”), and Chamillionaire (“Ridin'”).
• Chilli and Lauren London showing love to Atlanta honoree Organized Noize before performances by Rico Wade (“Player’s Ball”), Nelly and Murphy Lee (“Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik”), Sleepy Brown and Cool Breeze (“So Fresh, So Clean”), and Asher Roth (“Saturday (Oooh! Ooooh!)”).
• Master P being introduced by his not-so-lil’ son Romeo and Taraji P. Henson before Gucci Mane’s rendition of “Miss My Homies;” Romeo, Silkk the Shocker, and Trina doing “That’s Cool;” and Mystikal returning to the stage for “Make ‘Em Say Ugh.”
• Miami closing out the show with Trina (“Million Dollar Girl”), Flo Rida (“Low”), and Rick Ross, who got “Super High” in a furry coat. Pitbull had the crowd on its feet one last time with “I Know You Want Me.”