Vibe Magazine recently held its annual awards show in Santa Monica. Snoop Dogg, Mya, Duane Martin and Elise Neal (ALL OF US), Quentin Tarantino, RZA (Wu Tang Clan), Sean Patrick Thomas, Treach (Naughty by Nature) and Boris Kodjoe ("The Playmakers"), 50 Cent & G-Unit and R. Kelly joined performers, Alicia Keys, Mary J. Blige featuring Eve, OutKast, Ludacris, and Chingy as featured performers.
Plus, Jay-Z, LL Cool J, Quincy Jones and GIRLFRIENDS' Tracee Ellis Ross, Golden Brooks, Persia White and Jill Marie Jones made special appearances.
Awards included: Artist of the Year, Tightest Team Players, Sexiest Video Vixen, Most Influential Region, Reelest Video, Most Stylish, Dopest Album, Hottest Hook, Enterprising Entrepreneur and Coolest Collabo. In addition, three special awards were presented.
The VX Award - This unique, one-time award was presented to Hip-Hop's pioneer Russell Simmons, an individual who has propelled urban culture to new heights, broken boundaries and changed the way we live in America; The "TuBig" Award - In honor of the legacy of the two greatest lyricists of our time, Tupac Shakur and Biggie "The Notorious B.I.G." Smalls, this award recognized the rapper who has raised the bar with their hot, tight rhymes and longevity; The Style Maverick Award - Presented to the individual whose great personal and business style has made an impact on fashion and changed the urban aesthetic.
Nominations for VIBE AWARDS were determined by the Vibe editorial staff, headed by editorial director Emil Wilbekin. Ballots were sent to music journalists and entertainment executives and were counted and tabulated by Vibe magazine. To be eligible for nomination, recorded material must have been released between October 2002 and September 2003.
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