In 2006, the good people at Black Entertainment Television decided it would be a good idea to further capitalize off the hugely successful BET Awards. Of course, they had reason to believe that two major awards shows would bring in high ratings, and in turn, higher ad revenue for the station, thus birthing the BET Hip Hop Awards.

The first major hip-hop awards ceremony since the infamous Source Awards, the BET Hip Hop Awards proved to be a major production for one of the biggest selling, but often underappreciated, music genres in the world.

After six years of top-notch guests, memorable performances and high TV ratings, it was expected that 2012 BET Hip Hop Awards would be filled with more must-see moments.

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A.R. Shaw is an author and journalist who documents culture, politics, and entertainment. He has covered The Obama White House, the summer Olympics in London, and currently serves as Lifestyle Editor for Rolling Out magazine. Follow his journey on Twitter @arshaw and Instagram @arshaw23.