Vibe Vows Awards Show Return In 2005

Despite a fight and stabbing at the foot of the stage near the end of this year's second annual Vibe Awards, the hip-hop magazine plans to stage the event again in 2005.

Despite a fight and stabbing at the foot of the stage near the end of this year's second annual Vibe Awards, the hip-hop magazine plans to stage the event again in 2005.

"We're doing the awards show next year," says Vibe magazine president Kenard Gibbs. "If we don't, it will be counter to all the things we have been able to do with the brand and the culture."

As previously reported, the 2004 event, held on Nov. 15 in Santa Monica, Calif., was interrupted as rapper Snoop Dogg and producer Quincy Jones were about to present producer/rapper Dr. Dre with Vibe's Legend Award. A fracas ensued when Jimmy James Johnson allegedly approached and punched Dre, who was seated a few feet from the stage.

In reaction, G-Unit member Young Buck allegedly stabbed the man. The rapper, whose real name is David Darnell Brown, is out on bail after turning himself in to authorities. Johnson suffered a collapsed lung and is recovering in a Los Angeles hospital. Footage of the melee was edited out of the show when broadcast the next night on UPN.

Calling such violence "sickening," Gibbs says we have to ponder the hip-hop culture's mentality. "Violence has unfortunately been associated with hip-hop since its beginnings."

Gibbs also wonders what negative effects the Vibe altercation, as well as a recent brawl between players and fans at an Indiana Pacers-Detroit Pistons game, may have on the marketing strides black artists and athletes have made and on the participation of hip-hop acts in other shows.

"There's a common theme to all this," Gibbs adds. "Young black males gone wild. Taking street mentality to resolve conflict and bringing it into entertainment and sports has gone unchecked. All of us within the culture have to look at this and develop some means of accountability."

Vibe's accountability hits newsstands shortly. The magazine's January issue will examine not only the awards-night incident but attitudes within hip-hop culture that may bear some responsibility.

"This is paramount in terms of understanding what allows things to get to that point," Gibbs says. "That night took from the whole spirit of what the show is about: the best in urban music. We still have faith in the culture. We will rise above and endure."