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Published on October 9th, 2019 | by Lydia Brooks

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2019 BET Hip Hop Awards: Surprise Performances And New Categories For A Historic Night In Music

The 2019 BET Hip Hop Awards made a great return to the hip-hop mecca of South in Atlanta, Georgia. The Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, which brimmed with the most formidable and promising contenders of rap, set the stage for one of music’s biggest nights in popular culture on Saturday (Oct. 5).

Hosted by stand-up comedian Lil’ Duval, the Awards introduced several new components to the 14-year history of the show, further expanding its breadth of Black excellence. Below are five surprise performances and new categories making for a historic night in hip-hop music.

Lil’ Kim ft. Junior M.A.F.I.A. for legacy performance

Lil’ Kim, the original Queen Bee and also this year’s recipient of the I Am Hip Hop Award, brought the house down with a legacy performance featuring the Notorious B.I.G.-formed Junior M.A.F.I.A., as well as a guest appearance from O.T. Genasis for the inventive “Found You,” off Lil’ Kim’s upcoming 9 album.

The Best International Flow

The Best International Flow is a new category which recognizes recording artists from all around the world, with 2019’s nominees spanning the UK, Nigeria, France, Ghana, South Africa, and Canada.

The Comedian Cypher

Among the most innovative cyphers to date, the first comedian cypher of BET Hip Hop Awards was at once sophisticated in rhymes and wickedly witty, featuring Lil’ Duval himself and many more.

Live Battle Rap Tournament

For the first time, BET Hip Hop Awards introduced its audience to a tournament of battle rap, one of the most challenging and traditional forms of cypher-ing. The winner takes home a total $25,000 reward.

Saweetie is joined by Lil Jon and Petey Pablo

One of the most liked artists of rap today, Saweetie performed her breakout song “My Type” on stage and was shockingly joined by Southern icon Lil Jon and Petey Pablo, whose original “Freek-A-Leek” birthed the hit single of Saweetie.

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