The First Annual VH1 Soul Presents: VIBE Awards Special premieres on VH1 Soul Wednesday, November 14 at 9PM*


NEW YORK, NY September 7, 2007 – VH1 Soul breathes new life into VIBE magazine’s celebration of urban music, lifestyle and culture with VH1 Soul Presents: VIBE Awards Special. Hosted by Eve and premiering on VH1 Soul Wednesday, November 14 at 9PM* and on VH1 Monday, November 19 at 10PM*, this one-hour special will highlight music artists and trend-setters whom have inspired us through their contributions to urban culture.

Focusing on music and lifestyle achievements, this year’s categories are Hip Hop Artist of the Year, R&B Artist of the Year, Best Collabo, Breakthrough Artist of the Year, Producer of the Year, Song of the Year, Video of the Year, VStyle, VIBE Props, Mixtape of the Year, Ringtone of the Year and VHollywood. (See Attached).

From September 5 through September 30, viewers can log on to and vote for the VH1 Soul Presents: VIBE Awards Special winners.

Eve, the Grammy-award winning rapper, singer, and actress has sold millions of albums during her musical career. Eve’s first three albums have already reached over 4.8 million copies sold in the U. S. alone. In 2003, Eve became the star of her own TV show, “Eve,” which lasted for 3 seasons and has also achieved success in fashion with her Fetish clothing line. Eve’s fourth album, Here I Am is in stores October 2007.

VH1 Soul Presents: VIBE Awards Special is executive produced by Jac Benson II for blacjac Entertainment Group. Keshia Williams and Lee Rolontz are executive producers for VH1.

Launched in 1997, VH1 Soul is the 24-hour network that brings music lovers the hottest, soul, neo-soul an R&B hits from the 90s and today featuring core artists such as Alicia Keys, Jill Scott, Outkast, Mary J. Blige and Usher. VH1 Soul, the premier source for all R&B and soul music, is now seen in the Top 20 U.S. markets for African-Americans and is available in nearly 20 million U.S. households.

VIBE Media Group, an affiliate of The Wicks Group of Companies, L.L.C., is a leading music/lifestyle media company that publishes the award-winning VIBE magazine, the preeminent brand in urban and music culture, which was founded by Quincy Jones in 1993. Additional VIBE Media Group properties include; Comcast’s VIBE video-on-demand channel; The VIBE Awards; the wireless content service mVibe; and VIBE Books, which published The New York Times bestseller, Tupac Shakur.

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VH1 Soul Presents: VIBE Awards Special Categories:

Hip Hop Artist of the Year
Lil Wayne

R&B Artist of the Year
R. Kelly

Best Collabo
R Kelly duet with Usher “Same Girl”
Fabolous featuring Ne-Yo “Make Me Better”
DJ Khaled/T.I./Akon/Rick Ross/Fat Joe/Lil Wayne/Baby “We Takin’ Over”
Ludacris featuring Mary J. Blige “Runaway Love”

Breakthrough Artist of the Year
Robin Thicke
Rich Boy
Amy Winehouse
Chrisette Michele

Producer of the Year
Scott Storch
Swizz Beatz
Polow Da Don

Song of the Year
“Lost Without U” Robin Thicke
“Irreplaceable” Beyoncé
“Buy U A Drank” T-Pain featuring Yung Joc
“We Fly High” Jim Jones

Video of the Year
“Runaway Love” Ludacris featuring Mary. J. Blige
“Get Me Bodied” Beyoncé
“Umbrella” Rihanna featuring Jay-Z
“Same Girl” R. Kelly/ duet with Usher

Kanye West
Kimora Lee Simmons

VIBE Props
Stephon Marbury
Barack Obama
Oprah Winfrey

Mixtape of the Year
Kanye West “Can’t Tell Me Nothing”
Lil Wayne “Da Drought III”
DJ Drama “Gangsta Grillz 16”

DJ Soul “Assorted Donuts”

Ringtone of the Year
“We Fly High” Jim Jones
“This Is Why I’m Hot” Mims
“Lip Gloss” Lil Mama
“Party Like a Rockstar” Shop Boyz
“Walk It Out” Unk

Ice Cube
Jennifer Hudson
Will Smith