VH1’s Hip Hop Honors to Recognize the BIGGEST Game Changer of the 90’s

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There's no one more fitting for this '90s celebration.

Hip-hop has always been bigger than the music on the radio, and VH1’s annual Hip-Hop Honors is taking steps toward recognizing that. In this year’s iteration, the awards show is honoring innovators who helped bring the culture to a wider audience in the 1990s.

VH1 couldn’t have picked a more apt honoree to announce first. The bacchanal for legends of hip-hop will honor Martin Lawrence at this year’s gala-cum-block-party.

Lawrence brought the spirit of hip-hop to countless homes where it otherwise wouldn’t have been via his sitcom Martin. His wildly successful movies like Bad Boys, Blue Streak and Big Momma’s House reached even further outside of hip-hop’s bubble to bring people in. He was also the most visible nexus point between the worlds of hip-hop and comedy as he hosted Def Comedy Jam.

Tisha Campbell (as Gina Waters-Payne), Martin Lawrence (as Martin Payne), Tichina Arnold (as Pamela James), Thomas Mikal Ford (as Tommy Strawn) on Martin

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