Ice T To Host VH1 'Hip Hop Honors'

VH1 is set to pay homage to Hip-Hop's biggest legends and visionaries with its third annual 'VH1 Hip Hop Honors' show.

Ice T, host of this year's "VH1 Hip Hop Honors" and NYC Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, announced on Friday (Mar. 31) the first-ever "VH1 Hip Hop Honors Week" in connection with the third annual "VH1 Hip Hop Honors," which will be held again in New York City.

The VH1-created and pioneered awards special honors Hip-Hop's pioneers and luminaries who have transformed Hip-Hop into a cultural phenomenon.

Since its inception, New York City has served as the host city of the awards and concert.

"Hip-Hop music was born right here in our city," said Mayor Bloomberg at the press conference. "During our first ever 'VH1 Hip Hop Honors' Week New Yorkers will have exciting new opportunities to celebrate an art form that has influenced generations and reached the farthest corners of the world."

This year's honorees include Wu-Tang Clan, Afrika Bambaataa, Russell Simmons, MC Lyte, Rakim, Beastie Boys and Eazy E.

The music and influence of each of the honorees will be recognized through collaborative performances by pioneering artists and today's latest talent.

The star-studded event is slated to take place at the famed Hammerstein Ballroom on Saturday, October 7, 2006 and will be broadcast on VH1 on Tuesday, October 17, 2006 at 8PM.