This year’s 2016 VH1 Hip Hop Honors focused on the legendary ladies of the game for the first live taping of the returned television special.

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Taking place at Lincoln Center in New York this past Monday [July 11], the venue was flooded with stars all in the name of celebrating the Hip Hop royalty honorees Queen Latifah, Missy Elliott, Lil’ Kim and Salt-N-Pepa. Hosted by multi-talented rapper Eve, the former Ruff Ryder guided the festivities. A well-deserved recognition for this particular group, all of the MC’s have paved the way for women in Hip Hop to shine and have contributed to building the foundation of the genre.

Opening the show, #BlackLivesMatter founders Alicia Garza and Darnell Moore took a moment to speak with the viewing audience on the current state of America in attempt to urge and inspire change. Following up the opening statement were taped segments from each honoree speaking on their journey and live performances dedicated to each recognized artists’ body of work. In addition, designer Marc Jacobs introduced the fashion segment to the show in tribute to Lil’ Kim’s daring contributions while legendary actress Phylicia Rashad spoke to Queen Latifah’s film career and influence.


Doing all the honorees justice, the event was filled with explosive performances by Remy Ma, Fat Joe, Nelly Furtado, Eve, M.C. Lyte, Rah Digga, Da Brat, Trina, Keyshia Cole, Monica, Tweet, Fantasia, Lil Mama, Teyana Taylor, French Montana, Keke Palmer, Dej Loaf, Fat Joe, The Lox, Rich Homie Quan, Ashanti, honoree Queen Latifah and more.

Celebrities and presenters in attendance to the star-studded event included Angie Martinez, LL Cool J, Busta Rhymes, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Omari Hardwick, Lela Loren, Amber Rose, Winnie Harlow, Jessica White, Vashtie, Papoose, Dascha Polanco, Jasmine Sullivan and even a taped appearance from First Lady Michelle Obama.

Check out red carpet photos and performances from the 2016 VH1 Hip Hop Honors below.