Calling all hip-hop heads, tonight was your night.
Between rap crews showing off their skills through The Cypher, performances by some of the game's biggest names (Wiz Khalifa, Kendrick Lamar, Missy Elliot and 2 Chainz just to name a few) and, of course, finding out who came on top, the BET Hip-Hop Awards hosted by the hilarious Mike Epps (who reminded us to ratchet down the ratchetness and keep it classy) gave us quite a show.
What it didn't give us was Kanye West or the altercation between Young Jeezy and Rick Ross backstage.
Yeezy led the race for awards after scoring 17 (yes, you read that right) nominations, but he was totally MIA from the whole shebang. Regardless, we've already learned through other award shows that the talent doesn't actually have to be there to walk away a winner.
As was the case for Kanye.
But before we get to the winners, we should note some interesting points from tonight's show. For example, 2 Chainz showed us a little bit of his piano playing, we got to meet Bad Boy's newest member Machine Gun Kelly—who entered the stage from hanging on a rafter—and learned that Sean "Diddy" Combs can perform a song without a toothpick in his mouth.
Here's what you didn't see happen during the awards
And now for the winners...
Reese's Perfect Combo: G.O.O.D Music, "Mercy"
Hip-Hop Video Director of the Year: Hype Williams
Track of the Year: "Ni--as in Paris," Jay-Z and Kanye West
Sweet 16: Best Featured Verse: 2 Chainz, "Mercy"
Rookie of the Year: 2 Chainz
Producer of the Year: Kanye West
People's Champ Award: "Otis," Jay-Z and Kanye West
MVP of the Year: Rick Ross
Made-You-Look Award (Best Hip-Hop Style): Kanye West
Lyricist of the Year: Kendrick Lamar
Impact Track: "Daughters," Nas
Hustler of the Year: Jay-Z
CD of the Year: Watch the Throne, Jay-Z and Kanye West
Best Mixtape: Dreamchasers 2, Meek Mill
Best Live Performer: Jay-Z and Kanye West
Best Hip-Hop Video: "H.Y.F.R," Drake featuring Lil Wayne
Best Club Banger: "Ni--as in Paris," Jay-Z and Kanye West
DJ of the Year: DJ Khaled
Best Hip-Hop Online Site: World Star Hip Hop
BET's highly anticipated rap cyphers have a lot of other emcees freshening up their freestyling skills.
The 2012 BET Hip Hop Awards kicked off with a performance from Wiz Khalifa, and a few words from host Mike Epps who took jabs at stars like Chris Brown in his opening bit, but T.I. and his Grand Hustle crew were first up for the night's cypher sessions.
Last week, BET released a few sneak peeks to their "Youngster" cypher featuring Lil Chuckee, Lil Waah, and Lil Niqo, as well as, their "Warm Up" cypher featuring up and coming rappers Brianna Perry, Tito Lopez, and Kid Daytona.
Hip-Hop fans finally get the main event with Grand Hustle's cypher featuring the "King Of The South," T.I., and his crew Iggy Azalea, B.o.B., Trae Da Truth, and Chip.
Iggy Azalea definitely stepped up to the plate in her crew of all boys, and of course, T.I. and B.o.B. flaunted their showmanship with their witty bars.
Check out T.I.'s Grand Hustle Cypher above and the rest of the cyphers below!
Grand Hustle: Trae Tha Truth, Chip, Iggy Azalea, B.o.B, T.I.
Iron Mic: Angel Haze, Joey Bada$$, Driicky Graham, Childish Gambino, A$AP Rocky
West Coast: Xzibit, YG, Kurupt, E-40, DJ Quick, Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Lion
True School: Jean Grae, Sarkodie, Ab-Soul, Talib Kweli
Ruff Ryders: Murda Mook, Cassidy, Eve, DMX
Raw: Jay Bird the Purdi Boi, Hopsin, ScHoolboy Q, Mac Miller, Mystikal
Watch Every BET Hip-Hop Awards 2012 Cypher Here
Visit The BET Hip-Hop Awards 2012 Official Site for all the media related to the show
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The best cypher for me was obviously Grand Hustle's but overall the show was decent.
Anyway, Iggy has been getting so many good reviews! Proud of her tbh.