Lil Wayne Named World’s Top Hip-Hop Artist, Answers Felony Charges

On Sunday (November 9) Lil Wayne added another accolade to his breakout 2008 year, as the World Music Awards crowned him the World’s Best Hip-Hop/Rap artist.

This year, the award show was held in Monte Carlo, Monaco and hosted by Desperate Housewives actor Jesse Metcalfe and former Destiny’s Child member Michelle Williams.

The annual ceremony has been in existence since 1988, and bases their selections on the worldwide sales figures of eligible artists per the London-based, recording industry entity IFPPI.

Under this criteria, the 3 million and counting worldwide sales of Tha Carter 3 propelled Wayne’s win over his peers and fellow nominees Kanye West and T-Pain.

The big achievement ended Wayne’s week on a positive note, after the star endured a vicious hoax and felony charges.

Early last week, Wayne refuted an online hoax that proclaimed the rapper had been killed in a New Orleans gang-related shooting.

In addition, Wayne appeared in Arizona Superior court on November 6 for a preliminary hearing on felony drug and weapon charges.

According to police records, a January 22 search of Wayne’s tour bus from border patrol DEA agents revealed four ounces or marijuana, an ounce of cocaine, 41 grams of Ecstasy, and a .40 caliber pistol registered to Wayne.

The star's next scheduled court date is set for November 21.

Although still riding the success of “Mrs. Officer,” the seventh Billboard charting single from Tha Carter 3, Wayne has confirmed his next project as the Dedication III.

The mixtape will mark the third installment of his popular Gangsta Grillz series with DJ Drama.

At press time the Dedication III is set for release on November 14, and will feature appearances from Kanye West, T-Pain, Ludacris, Jae Millz, Willie Da Kid, and La the Darkman.