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Kanye West, Lil Jon Top Source Awards

Kanye West and Lil’

Jon were the stories of the 2004 Source Awards, as the duo took home three Source

Awards a piece. The awards took place Sunday evening at the James L. Knight Arena

in Miami, Florida.

West’s College

Dropout earned him Album of the Year, while his single “Through the

Wire” landed him Video of the Year. West also won Breakthrough Artist

of the Year accolades.

Lil’ Jon

won Single of the Year for his collaborations with the Youngbloodz on the song

“Damn!”

Usher’s “Yeah!”

which features Ludacris, won the R&B/Rap Collaboration of the year. For

his handy work behind the boards, Lil’ Jon was honored with the Producer

of the Year award.

Other winners included

Jay-Z, Ying Yang Twins, Alicia Keyes, Terror Squad, Usher and Ludacris.

Minister Louis

Farrakhan was given a special award. The spiritual leader of the Nation of Islam

was introduced by Russell Simmons.

Relations between

Simmons and The Source soured when the mogul called for solidarity with Eminem,

after the magazine unearthed old tapes of a younger Eminem using the "N

word" to describe African-American women.

Earlier in the

week Simmons pulled out of a vote rally, prompting a response from Dave Mays

and Ray “Benzino” Scott, owners of The Source.

Simmons appeared

to introduce Minister Farrakhan as Suge Knight and James Prince stood with him

on stage.

”Even though you

bling-bling, you know beneath the diamonds, beneath the platinum, there is an

idealism in young people that you want change in America, and change in the

world," Farrakhan said.

In a nod to the

music’s global power, Farrakhan went on to say that Hip-Hop has influenced

and brought more people than organized religion.

The evening was

hosted by Trina, Big Tigger and comedian Kevin Hart. Mase, Twista and Ciara

all performed.

The show is scheduled

to air November 30th on BET.

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