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On Tuesday night (Oct. 8), the 2019 BET Hip-Hop Awards aired. During the award show, which was filmed over the weekend, veteran rapper Lil Kim received the highest honor of the night. She was presented with the “I Am Hip-Hop” award by rapper Rick Ross.

“This is what one of these feels like huh?” Lil Kim said holding her award when she graced the stage, before taking out her notes. She then shouted out her daughter Royal Reign, who was in the audience. She then thanked her mother who she called “Momma Queen Bee.”

Lil Kim & Rick Ross

ATLANTA, GEORGIA – OCTOBER 05: Lil’ Kim accepts an award from Rick Ross onstage at the BET Hip Hop Awards 2019 at Cobb Energy Center on October 05, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia.

“I don’t know if any of y’all know what it’s like to have an angel following y’all all the time and that’s Biggie,” Lil Kim said. “On some real, it’s Biggie. And I’mma always love him. I’mma always ride for him. I don’t play about him. That’s just what it is. Brooklyn! I love you to the heavens Biggie!”

Lil Kim also thanked her Godmother who she said told her she was pregnant before she even knew that she was pregnant with her daughter, Royal Reign.

The “Found You” rapper then took time out to address her feelings about previously not receiving a BET Award.

“I’mma tell y’all a little funny story before I get off the stage. I used to be a little tight because BET didn’t give me no dag on award. I used always say to my Godmother, because she’s the only one who can talk some sense into me, sometimes. I said, ‘Godmother, yo why they keep fronting on me? Why they won’t give me an award. I want a BET award too. I got plenty of other awards. Matter of fact, I got every other award,'” Kim shared.

“She said, ‘Baby, those awards ain’t big enough for you baby.’ And I said, ‘But it’s a BET Award and I want one.’ And she said, ‘Those awards are regular and you’re not regular.’ She said,’ BET will give you the perfect award at the perfect time.'”

“She always saw me getting it but I didn’t. I was like, ‘Screw that.’ I don’t care if I don’t get one. Whatever. And so now I’ve come to realize that when you’re the mother and you have set trends and people call you mother,” Kim continued.

Lil Kim

ATLANTA, GEORGIA – OCTOBER 05: Lil Kim and Rick Ross onstage at the BET Hip Hop Awards 2019 at Cobb Energy Center on October 05, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia.

“When people honor you and give you the name Queen,  you get rewarded differently. So I want to leave this with y’all. Never underestimate God’s plan because I’mma tell you. This award right here ain’t regular. Thank you for the ‘I Am Hip-Hop’ icon award. Thank you BET. I love you! Beehive, I love you. Thank you! This is for you Beehive.”

Lil Kim also graced the stage and performed her new singles “Pray For Me” and “Found You” alongside Musiq Soulchild and OT Genasis. The Queen Bee also offered up some of her hits such as “Lighter’s Up” and “Quiet Storm Remix,” before her former group Junior M.A.F.I.A. joined her on stage.

Lil Cease & Lil Kim

ATLANTA, GEORGIA – OCTOBER 05: Lil Cease and Lil’ Kim perform onstage at the BET Hip Hop Awards 2019 at Cobb Energy Center on October 05, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia.

The crowd roared when Junior M.A.F.I.A. appeared before they performed “Get Money” and Lil Cease and Kim performed “Crush On You,” which also appeared to be joyfully received by the crowd. “All About The Benjamins” was also performed before Kim chucked up her deuces.


Glennisha Morgan is a Detroit-bred multimedia journalist and writer. She writes about intersectionality, hip-hop, pop culture, queer issues, race, feminism, and her truth. Follow her on Twitter @GlennishaMorgan.

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