Mike Epps Named Host of BET Hip-Hop Awards ’09

BET has announced that Mike Epps will host the fourth annual BET Hip-Hop Awards.

The comedian—who starred alongside Ice Cube in Next Friday, Friday After Next and All About The Benjamins—follows the lead of comedian Katt Williams, who hosted in 2006 and 2007, and T-Pain, who emceed last year’s show.

“We embrace the opportunity to amplify all aspects of the hip-hop culture; the music, the dance, the sense of community and as we have before, we expect to do so with excitement,” Stephen Hill, BET Networks President of Music and Programming, said via press release. “And with my man Mike Epps on board as our new host, we’ll do it with reckless abandon.”

The show is scheduled to take place on October 10 at the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center, in Atlanta. It will air on BET on October 27.

Controversy surrounded last year’s hosting selection, after two-time ringmaster Katt Williams was replaced the night before the show’s taping. While Williams claimed he lost a break-dancing competition to T-Pain, which resulted in his substitution, rumors swirled that Williams’ inflated ego forced the network to find a replacement.

Mike Epps is also slated to drop his first hip-hop comedy album, Funny Bidness, on October 27, the same day as the Hip-Hop Awards’s television premiere. –John Kennedy

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  • Enlightened

    Katt Williams is on the milk carton ain’t he?

  • joe p

    yesss haha

  • BeerGangsta

    Ya’ll got the right man to host Hip Hop Awards Show. All thou the music is going to be wack. Mike will make you laugh. That will back up the sorry country songs that will be on the show.

  • http://tonygrands.blogspot.com Tony Grands

    “While Williams claimed he lost a break-dancing competition to T-Pain”

    Who remembers his character Bobby Shaw on “My Wife & Kids”? He was always trying to out-breakdance Micheal Kyle, & always lost, so I can see that happening.

    I was under the impression he started taking his son’s Ridilin.

    • Bobo D

      Damn, I miss ‘My wife & kids’. They always manage to cancel the good shows.

      • Shawty J

        That show started going down hill after Junior knocked up his girlfriend. I’m reminded of that everytime I see a rerun.

    • ty

      man i loved my wife and kids… kat had me rollin with that Bobby Shaw shit tho.. that shit was mad funny..

  • Rakim

    What the fuck is a Katt WIlliams?

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  • Shawty J

    What did happen to Katt Williams? I actually forgot that he existed.

    • http://tonygrands.blogspot.com Tony Grands

      That show started going downhill when the next generation of Wayans’ started writing & producing the show. Watch the credits around the episodes around the time Vanessa got pregnant, after Meagan Good.

      Katt has gone the way of the Chris Tucker…..like a Bigfoot or Loch Ness Monster. Rare sightings @ malls, strip clubs & grocery stores.

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  • tronthadon

    That might be tha case but aint nuttin like a fat blunt and Its Pimpin Pimpin dvd..that shit is crazy

  • abdulnasir

    co-sign on my wife and kids, they still show reruns around here

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