With hip-hop veterans like Queen Latifah, Missy Elliott, Salt-N-Pepa and Lil' Kim named honorees, each tribute will feature an array of guests from Hollywood and beyond to help celebrate each artist's multi-faceted career. "Queen Latifah's hip-hop roots kicked open the door for her to become her own boss and make her mark in TV and film, where she's continuing to thrive and get recognized as both an amazing actress and an executive producer," Doyle explained. "Missy is not only making hits for herself, but she's making hits for other artists. To this day, she has been a vanguard in the music video space as exemplified by her latest video 'WTF.' Lil' Kim is coming off of a triumphant run on the Bad Boy reunion tour and fans could not get enough of her. Salt-N-Pepa continue to play to sold-out crowds all over the world -- their songs are so timeless. All four of them felt as relevant as ever."
Doyle notes that many other women who have infiltrated hip-hop won't be forgotten at VH1 Hip Hop Honors either. "These [honorees] aren't the only trailblazing women in hip-hop, so there will be a big and special moment of acknowledgment for a lot of the women that I'm sure are floating around in your head right now," teases Doyle, without giving away names. Still, the talent that has been tapped for the show, both in front of the camera and behind the scenes, has created a super ladies' night of sorts. Eve -- a rapper and former first lady of the Ruff Ryders rap crew, as well as a staple in the Barbershop movie franchise -- will be the night's master of ceremonies. Esteemed photographer Annie Leibovitz helmed the photo shoot, while hip-hop journalist Dream Hampton penned the show. Honoree Latifah and Love & Hip Hop showrunner Mona Scott-Young also serve as executive producers.
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"It has taken months, and we're not done yet. We will still be booking the show 'till the night before as a lot of moments are still coming together," Doyle admits with a laugh several days before the ceremony, set to take place at New York's David Geffen Hall at the Lincoln Center on Monday night (July 11). Despite the arduous task of booking talent and making sure the production runs smoothly, Doyle ultimately offers, "It has been a labor of love."
VH1 Hip Hop Honors returns Monday night at 9 p.m. ET on VH1.