Lil Wayne was a big winner at Saturday’s BET Hip Hop Awards, taking home Lyricist of the Year and MVP of the Year at the ceremony held in Atlanta.
The artist, nominated for 12 awards, was also named Alltel Wireless People’s Champ at the ceremony, which was hosted by T-Pain after scheduled emcee Katt Williams was a no-show, reports the Associated Press. While accepting his MVP Award, Wayne revealed that he’s expecting a son.
“I got a son about to be born any day now, so shout-out to him. Pray for me,” he told the crowd.
LL Cool J presented Russell Simmons with the “I Am Hip-Hop” Icon award, given to an individual who has made notable contributions of outstanding significance to the hip-hop community.
A hip-hop matriarch medley featured MC Lyte, Yo-Yo and Salt-N-Pepa, while Young Jeezy, Soulja Boy and Bow Wow performed together to represent their home base of Atlanta.
T.I. was present and accounted for this year. The Atlanta rapper was scheduled to headline last year’s ceremony, but was arrested hours before the event on federal weapons charges after he was caught trying to purchase semi-automatic guns and silencers. T.I. pleaded guilty earlier this year and is scheduled to be sentenced in March.
Rocking black-rimmed glasses, N.E.R.D. and Common impressed the crowd with “Numbers,” “Universal Mind Control” and “Spazz.” T-Pain took a break from his hosting duties to perform “Can’t Believe It” with Lil Wayne and “Chopped and Skrewed” with Ludacris. Surprise performer Ice Cube had the audience on its feet for “Why Me” and the classic “It Was a Good Day.”
DJ Khaled, Young Jeezy, Ludacris, Busta Rhymes, Big Boi, Lil Wayne, Fat Joe, Birdman and Rick Ross took home the award for Best Hip-Hop Collaboration for “I’m So Hood (The Remix).” Shawty Lo was named MySpace Music Rookie of the Year.
The ceremony is scheduled to air on Oct. 23.