Hip Hop legends such as MC Lyte and Doug E. Fresh received honors the same evening as newer stars Meek Mill, Swizz Beatz and 2 Chainz at the event originally launched by Russell Simmons.
There's no question that Barack Obama is the most celebrated United States President in Hip Hop history. And last night (January 20), some of music's most noted figures stepped out in elegance for the Hip Hop Inaugural Ball. Originally launched by Russell Simmons, the event at the Harman Center For The Arts honored President Obama's work as he ushers in his second term in office.
Hosted by La La Anthony and Terrence J, the event honored Hip Hop legends MC Lyte and Doug E. Fresh with Lifetime Achievement Awards. 2Chainz was honored with the Street Soldier award, for his work with ex-felons through his "Respect My Vote!" campaign.
The Playaz Circle alum was honored to be recognized for his mission off the charts:
"Doing my thing on the charts is one thing, but to be getting honored on another avenue, it just feels like a blessing. I'm keeping my head leveled and staying humble," said 2 Chainz.
Other winners included actress Rosario Dawson and G.O.O.D Music's John Legend, who received the Humanitarian Award. The Sacramento Bee reported that Meek Mill and Swizz Beatz also received awards.
Since its kickoff, the Inaugural festivities has stepped to a star studded soundtrack. Saturday night, Usher and Katy Perry rocked out with First Lady Michelle Obama, and first daughters Malia and Sasha for the Kids Inaugural Ball. Beyonce, Alicia Keys, Jennifer Hudson and more are set to take the stage for today's ceremonies.