Chamillionaire and the Black Eyed Peas were the big winners in the hip-hop-related categories at last night’s MTV Video Music Awards. Chamillionaire, considered an underdog in the category, brought home the award for Best Rap Video for his runaway hit “Ridin’,” besting more seasoned nominees like 50 Cent, T.I. and Busta Rhymes. The Black Eyed Peas, who started the year out on a high note with a Grammy win, continued their streak last night, snagging the award for Best Hip-Hop Video for their ubiquitous single “My Humps.” The Peas faced some stiff competition in the Hip-Hop category as well, with names like Kanye, Common, and the Oscar-winning Three 6 Mafia on the list of nominees.
At the beginning of the show, Lil’ Kim made a surprise appearance, presenting the award for Best Male Video after taking the stage in a orange prison-style jumpsuit accompanied by two men dressed as corrections officers. T.I., a nominee in the Best Male and Best Rap Video categories, brought his Grand Hustle artist Young Dro out on stage for some shoulder leaning before treating the audience to a rousing performance of his hit single “What You Know.” Later in the show, T.I.’s fellow Atlanta MC Ludacris took the stage with Pharrell to perform his new single, “Money Maker.”
Capping off the show, Kanye West presented legendary video director Hype Williams with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award in honor of his groundbreaking work in the field of music video production. After Hype’s acceptance speech, the crowd was treated to a medley performance of “Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See” by Busta Rhymes, and “The Rain” by Missy Elliot and Timbaland.