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Hip hop music has been popular in Africa since the early 1980s. It became big in Senegal in 1985 due to widespread American and French influence. Some of the first Senegalese rappers were M.C. Lida, M.C. Solaar, and Positive Black Soul, who mixed rap with Mbalax, a type of West African pop music. An early South African group was Black Noise in Cape Town until they started emceeing in 1989. Hip hop spread out to several other African countries such as Tanzania, Algeria, Angola, Botswana, Cameroon, Madagascar, Nigeria, Ghana or Senegal which are home to a thriving hip hop scene before escalating all over Africa.

There is no doubt that the sixth annual "BET Hip Hop Awards" will make waves across the African continent. The event was organised by BET Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom Inc is the US nation's leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African-American audience. The primary BET channel reaches more than 98 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom and sub-Saharan Africa.

This year’s " BET Hip Hop Awards " brought the hip hop heat with the highly anticipated homecoming of Atlanta native T.I., who performed "F.A.M.E." alongside Young Jeezy and literally ignited the stage with their phenomenal performance. Hosted by comedian Mike Epps, the " BET Hip Hop Awards " was a night filled with brilliant collaborations. DMX stormed the stage with Ruff Ryders alum Swizz Beatz; G.O.O.D Music's newest stars Big Sean and Roscoe Dash did it bringing the audience to their feet with hit singles "I Do It" and "Marvin & Chardonnay." Maybach Music Group came through deep with Rick Ross, Wale, Meek Mill with special guest El Debarge supplying his legendary falsetto to "That Way."  Wiz Khalifa gave an all energy performance of "Taylor Gang" and Heavy D made his return to the stage with Tyrese, a catalogue of hits and a crew of old school hip hop dancers.

Lil' Wayne takes home 5 Awards; Busta Rhymes Takes Home 4 Hip Hop Awards;
Nicki Minaj takes home MVP of the Year;
Kanye West wins top honors with the CD of the year with "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy".

This year's BET hip hop cyphers were epic.  An outstanding seven sets of cyphers from the best in the business - Eminem, Rick Ross, Ludacris, Joe Budden, Yelawolf, Estelle, Busta Rhymes, Ace Hood, Blind Fury, Mike Epps and many more.   LL COOL J was honored as the 2011 recipient of the "I AM HIP-HOP" Icon Award, and received it with a poignant acceptance speech. Part rap, part reminiscence, it was lyrical gold and irrefutable confirmation that the right man had been selected for the distinction.

The following are the list of winners from the 2011 BET Hip Hop Awards:

•    Best Hip Hop Video: Chris Brown f/ Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes – Look At Me Now
•    Reese's Perfect Combo Award (Best Collab): Chris Brown f/ Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes – Look At Me Now
•    Best Live Performer: Lil Wayne
•    Lyricist of the Year: Lil Wayne
•    Video Director of the Year: Hype Williams
•    Producer of the Year: Lex Luger
•    MVP of the Year: Nicki Minaj
•    Track of the Year: Black and Yellow – Produced by Stargate (Wiz Khalifa)
•    CD of the Year: Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
•    DJ of the Year: DJ Khaled
•    Rookie of the Year: Wiz Khalifa
•    Made-You-Look Award (Best Hip Hop Style): Nicki Minaj
•    Best Hip Hop Online Site: World Star Hip Hop.com
•    Best Club Banger: Waka Flocka Flame f/ Roscoe Dash & Wale – No Hands (Produced by Drumma Boy)
•    Best Mixtape: J. Cole – Friday Night Lights
•    Sweet 16 - Best Featured Verse: Busta Rhymes – Look At Me Now (Chris Brown f/ Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes)
•    Hustler of the Year: Jay-Z
•    People's Champ Award powered by Verizon (Viewers' Choice): Chris Brown f/ Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes – Look At Me Now

For more awards and event information for the " BET Hip Hop Awards 2011," log onto BET.com and check out the photo flipbooks, videos and artist interviews.

For the " BET Hip Hop Awards," BET once again teamed up with Cossette Productions, the famed producers of the GRAMMY Awards® and the record-setting BET Awards shows, to handle production of the telecast. Stephen G. Hill, BET President, Music and Programming, along with Lynne Harris Taylor, BET Vice President of Specials, are executive producers of the telecast.

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