Wyclef Jean will perform at the fifth annual Online Hip-Hop Awards, to be handed out May 3 at the Manhattan Center Grand Ballroom in New York and Webcast live online. Redman and Angie Martinez will co
Wyclef Jean will perform at the fifth annual Online Hip-Hop Awards, to be handed out May 3 at the Manhattan Center Grand Ballroom in New York and Webcast live online. Redman and Angie Martinez will co-host; Martinez hosted last year's event along with rapper L.L. Cool J.
The celebration of hip-hop culture pays homage to Web site developers, artists, and others who have made significant contributions to hip-hop's rich culture on and offline. Fans are encouraged to vote for their favorites in 17 categories -- ranging from best artist Web site and best record label to favorite music video and favorite fashion designer/label. Votes can be cast through Friday (April 27) at the Web site of sponsor SOHH.com.
Eminem and Nelly are each nominated for four awards. Eminem is up for favorite music video and song of the year for "Stan," as well album of the year for "The Marshall Mathers LP" (Web/Aftermath/Interscope), and artist of the year. Nelly will go head-to-head with him in three categories -- favorite music video and song of the year with "E.I.," and album of the year, where his Fo' Reel/Universal set "Country Grammar" is nominated. The St. Louis-based rapper is also up for theoutstanding graphic design award for his official Web site.
Other multiple nominees include Jay-Z, Ludacris, and Ja Rule, with three each.
Missy Elliott will honored with a special award presented by national youth organization SHiNE (Seeking Harmony in Neighborhoods Everyday). The SHiNE Anti-Violence Award recognizes her efforts against domestic violence.
"I am happy that I was able to get such an important message out to teens and I hope that it helped anyone who has or is going through a similar situation," Elliott said in a statement. The artist, who lived in an abusive household as a child, added, "It's important for teens to know they are not alone and that things can get better."