Visionary director Hype Williams and R&B icon Mariah Carey have been added to the list honorees for the 2017 VH1’s Hip Hop Honors: The ‘90s Game Changers.
It’s not hard to explain why Hype is being honored. In the ‘90s, he was one the most sought-ever videographers in the music industry. Hype has directed groundbreaking visuals for stars like Busta Rhymes (“Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See”), Missy Elliott (“The Rain”), TLC (“No Scrubs”), Diddy (“I’ll Be Missing You”), Kanye West (“Can’t Tell Me Nothing”) and Mariah (“Sweetheart”), and more.
Speaking Mariah, the singer will be feted for her rap collaborations in the R&B game. She famously teamed up with the late Ol’ Dirty Bastard for their classic jam “Fantasy” in 1995. Since then she’s partnered with a slew rappers on remixes for her songs like Jermaine Dupri, Nas, Snoop Dogg, JAY-Z, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Busta Rhymes and others.
Hype and Mimi join previously announced honoree Martin Lawrence who is being saluted for his work in television and films. Rapper Missy Elliott has been tapped to kick f the event with a special ’90s-themed performance.
The VH1’s Hip Hop Honors: The 90’s Game Changers, hosted by actress-comedian Regina Hall, will be taped on Sept. 17 at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles for a Sept. 18 (Monday) broadcast on VH1 at 9PM ET.