Last night, after a six-year hiatus, VH1 returned to stage with their Hip-Hop Honors Awards to highlight "female pioneers, trailblazers, and trendsetters" who made their voices heard within the primarily male-dominated genre.
All rivalries aside—Faith Evans just couldn't leave the past behind—artists like Queen Latifah, Lil' Kim, Missy Elliott, and Salt-N-Pepa gathered at David Geffen Hall in New York City to celebrate each other's accomplishments.
Given that Lil' Kim was being honored on her actual birthday, the ceremony was extra special. The performances were also mind-blowing, each in their own right, but the speeches were what really took it home. Overall, “All Hail the Queens" was a huge success and we hope to see more events like this held in the not-so-distant future.
We picked six of the most inspiring moments from the ceremony. Check them out on the pages to follow, below.