SALT-N-PEPA TO BE HONORED AT VH1 HIP HOP HONORS: ALL HAIL THE QUEENS
EVENT TO HONOR THE TRAILBLAZING LADIES OF HIP HOP
MONDAY, JULY 11 AT 9PM ET LIVE FROM NEW YORK
NEW YORK, NY, June 15, 2016 – Iconic musicians Salt-n-Pepa will be honored at VH1 HIP HOP HONORS: ALL HAIL THE QUEENS, VH1 announced today. They join previously announced honorees Queen Latifah and Missy Elliott.
After a six-year hiatus, the revered VH1 HIP HOP HONORS is back celebrating the best and brightest in hip hop with a twist. This year’s live event will pay homage to the female pioneers, trailblazers and trend-setters who led a movement and infiltrated the ranks of the male-dominated genre to make their voices heard and still do today. The final female artist being honored will be announced tomorrow.
Salt-n-Pepa helped pave the way for women in hip hop and has found an enviable longevity. They are the first female rap group to attain platinum status and have gone on to sell more than 12 million albums. Whether it was winning a Grammy in 1995 or Deadpool listening to “Push It” in 2016, Salt-n-Pepa’s influence has never waned.
“VH1 HIP HOP HONORS: ALL HAIL THE QUEENS” will air Monday, July 11th at 9PM ET LIVE from New York
Since its inception in 2004, “VH1 HIP HOP HONORS” has recognized the luminaries who broke new ground and propelled the genre into the cultural phenomenon it has become. From Hip Hop’s pioneers like Public Enemy and Tupac Shakur to Def Jam Records and Russell Simmons, VH1 has honored Hip Hop from its origins through the numerous phases of its musical evolution.
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“VH1 HIP HOP HONORS” is being produced by Flavor Unit with Shakim Compere and Queen Latifah as Executive Producers along with Monami Productions with Mona Scott-Young as Executive Producer and blacjac Entertainment Group with Jac Benson II as an Executive Producer. For VH1, Amy Doyle, Ryan Kroft and Keshia Williams are Executive Producers, Elena Diaz is Executive in Charge of Talent and Leah Lane and Joe Buoye are Executives in Charge of Production.
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With truck gold ropes around their necks and a fire in their hearts to entertain, inspire, and slay the competition— three feminine figures emerged from the shadows and kicked in the door of the male dominated hip-hop industry.
The legend of Salt-n-Pepa was born.
Hip-Hop aficionados have long branded the 80’s and early 90’s the ‘Golden-Era’ of hip-hop. And if that is the case, Salt-n-Pepa is the sparkling shiny finish on that block of gold. Long before the days of high profile social media platforms, Salt-n-Pepa commanded the attention of millions of followers by way of their air-tight rhyme flow, mass pop appeal, fashion, fun and unapologetic femininity.
They are the first female rap group to attain platinum status. They have since gone on to sell more than 12 million albums. Their brand of girl power and strong feminine artistry changed the hip-hop landscape and blazed a trail for numerous female artists and groups in pop, R&B, and hip-hop genres.
Included in their catalog of hits from five studio albums are such classics as ‘Push It’, ‘Shoop’, ‘Whatta Man’, ‘Let’s Talk About Sex’, ‘Expression’, ‘Independent’, and the Grammy Award winning hit ‘None of Your Business’. These songs have appeared on numerous film soundtracks and television commercials around the globe thrusting them far beyond the scope of just hip-hop. They have toured internationally on the strength of these records.
More specifically, their smash hit ‘Push It’ has a lasting appeal that made it an anthem for high school proms in the 80’s as well as the theme for a Superbowl commercial in 2015.
‘Shoop’, one of their trademark singles that was released in the Fall of 1993, re-entered various charts in February of 2016 on the strength of its placement in Marvel’s smash hit ‘Deadpool’ film.
Among their many achievements are a Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group (1995), MTV Video Music Award for Best Electronic Dance Music Video (1994), MTV Video Music Award for Best Choreography (1994), MTV Video Music Award for Best R&B Video (1994) and in 2010 BET honored us with the ‘I Am Hip-Hop Icon Award’.
In recent years Salt-n-Pepa has reunited for several successful tours in the United States and abroad. In 2016, the 30th Anniversary of the influential group, the ladies are headlining the ‘I Love the 90’s Tour’ and prepping to release a new cookbook entitled ‘Cook it Real Good’. In between shows, they are burning up the talk show circuit with recent appearances on The View, The Wendy Williams Show, The Meredith Vieira Show, The Breakfast Club, and The Chew.
With the success of N.W.A biopic ‘Straight Out of Compton’, a great interest has resurfaced from Hollywood executives in telling the epic story of Salt-n-Pepa. While they consider their options in that arena they are developing the ‘Cooking With Salt-n-Pepa’ concept for the Cooking Channel.
And what is sure to be sweet music to the ears of old and new fans alike, they are finally back in the studio working on new music.
In the meantime, there is one grand honor that has eluded Salt-n-Pepa but it may not be long before that too is scratched from their bucket list. The trio of divas has yet to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of fame.
If fans and hip-hop connoisseurs have it their way, this will soon come to pass.