A tribute to Missy Elliot included the songs she had created
for other artists such as Monica and Fantasia, as well as her
own hits. Canadian singer Nelly Furtado sang Missy Elliotís 2001
chart topper "Get Ur Freak On."
The awards show returned after a six-year hiatus and was aired
live on VH1.
Young stars Lil Mama and Teyana Taylor channeled their best Lil
Kim for a medley of hits that included "Crush on You" and "All
About the Benjamins," while rapper Eve pulled double duty as the
evenings host and also performed Salt-n-Pepa's "Shoop."
Queen Latifah closed the show with her 1993 women's anthem
"Unity" surrounded by her co-honorees and fellow female rappers
including MC Lyte and Da Brat.
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