Hip-Hop Blows Up VH1’s VSPOT


VH1 said Monday that it is creating its first-ever event-specific channel for its new broadband network, VSPOT.

The network will create a channel based on its second-annual VH1 Hip Hop Honors.

The event, debuting Monday, Sept. 26 at 9 p.m. (EST/PST), will be hosted by Russell Simmons and Reverend Run.

Honorees include Big Daddy Kane, LL Cool J, Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five, Notorious B.I.G., Ice T, Salt-N-Pepa and the film Boyz N the Hood, and performers include Kanye West, Eve, Nelly, Common, Jazzy Jeff, Snoop Dogg, Biz Markie, En Vogue, Faith Evans, Fat Joe, Ciara, T.I., The Roots, DJ Cut Creator, DJ Jazzy Joyce and DJ Kid Capri with appearances by Anthony Anderson, Jermaine Dupri, Diddy, Nas, Jerry Ferrara and Ludacris.

“VH1 has already been providing music and pop-culture content to our viewers on a variety of platforms, including broadband and mobile," VH1 general manager Tom Calderone said in a prepared statement. "But with VH1 Hip Hop Honors, we are celebrating the pioneers of hip-hop by creating an unprecedented amount of original and exclusive programming that allows music lovers to access what they want, when they want.”