Talent Update at The Fifth Annual “VH1 Hip Hop Honors”

NEW YORK, NY, September 8, 2008 – The 5th annual “VH1 Hip Hop Honors” have gotten even bigger! Big Boi, Biz Markie, Bun B, DJ Kaos, Ghostface Killah, Kid Rock, MC Lyte, Lil’ Jon, Lil’ Wayne, Q-Tip, Scarface, Wyclef Jean, Cheech and Chong and Sanaa Lathan will turn out to pay homage at VH1’s annual tribute to hip-hop luminaries who broke new ground and pioneered the genre into a true cultural phenomenon. This year’s honorees include Cypress Hill, De La Soul, Naughty by Nature, Slick Rick and Too $hort.

Tracy Morgan will once again host this year’s VH1 Hip Hop Honors festivities which are scheduled to tape at New York City’s famed Hammerstein Ballroom on Thursday, October 2. The “VH1 Hip Hop Honors” broadcast will premiere on VH1 and VH1 Soul on Monday, October 6 at 10PM ET/PT.* (PLEASE NOTE NEW AIRDATE AND TIME). Additional performances and appearances will be announced shortly.

The music and influence of each of the honorees will be recognized through performances in collaboration with some of today’s hottest talent. Generations of hip hop will bridge the gap for one exceptional night to set it off with the original style and flavor that sparked and inspired the evolution of the music.

Additionally, on Tuesday, September 16, VH1.com will launch its dedicated “VH1 Hip Hop Honors” Web site with honoree profiles, exclusive online programming, show information and more at HipHop.VH1.com. Additional VH1.com and VH1 Mobile efforts around “VH1 Hip Hop Honors” will be announced in the coming weeks.

“VH1 Hip Hop Honors” is executive produced by Lee Rolontz for VH1 and Jac Benson for Blackjac Entertainment. Louis J. Horvitz will direct. Nelson George and Fab Five Freddie are co-executive producers.

“VH1 Hip Hop Honors” is sponsored by T-Mobile USA and Taco Bell Corp., Sears and Tag RecordsTM.

*All times ET/PT