WATCH: Missy Elliott, Lil’ Kim Bring All the Nostalgic Feels to VH1 ‘Hip Hop Honors’

By Sameer Rao Sep 19, 2017

VH1 and host Regina Hall paid respect to 1990s pop culture by gathering some of the decade’s brightest stars of color for last night’s (September 18) "Hip Hop Honors: The ’90s Game Changers." 

This year’s version of the annual celebration of Black creative excellence included special tributes to comedian Martin Lawrence, late Mobb Deep member Prodigy, prolific music video and film director Hype Williams and other artists across who achieved national stardom in the ’90s. 

Like all "Hip Hop Honors" ceremonies, the 2017 event featured tremendous performances from some of the 1990’s most visible rap hitmakers. Here are some of the celebration’s defining sets, speeches and other noteworthy moments: 

Missy Elliott opens the show with a performance of her 1999 hit "She’s a Bitch" that channeled the aesthetic of the Hype Williams-directed music video:

Lil’ KimHavoc and Fabolous pay tribute to Havoc’s bandmate Prodigy by performing Mobb Deep and Kim’s 1999 single, "Quiet Storm":

Trick Daddy, Trina, Romeo, Silkk The Shocker and Xscape recognize Jermaine Dupri, Master P and the growth of Southern rap with a medley of singles, including "Nann," "Make Em Say Uhh!" and "Just Kickin’ It": 

Pharrell Williams implores viewers to fight social injustice: 

Honoree Hype Williams looks back at his 1990s music video canon with a new video montage:  

Hall, Tichina Arnold, Affion Crockett and Lamorne Morris pay tribute to honoree Martin Lawrence with impersonations of his "Martin" characters: 

Teyana Taylor dances to songs by Big Daddy Kane, Wreckx-N-Effect and Bell Biv DeVoe

Honoree Mariah Carey performs 1997 smash"Honey" with Dupri, Da Brat, The Lox and Mase:

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