Lil’ Kim dedicated her BET Hip Hop Award to Biggie, who she called her “angel”, at the star-studded ceremony on Tuesday night.
The 45-year-old rapper – who dated the late music legend between 1993 and 1997 – said the ‘Hypnotize’ hitmaker is still there guiding her and and admitted she will “always love him” after she collected her honour from Rick Ross.
Speaking on stage at the ceremony, which was aired live on TV from the Cobb Energy Center in Atlanta, she said: “I don’t know if ya’ll know what it’s like to have an angel following you all the time, but that’s Biggie.
“I’m gonna always love him and I’m gonna always ride for him.
“I don’t play about him. That’s just what it is: Brooklyn.”
Kim also took to the stage to perform a career-spanning medley which saw her joined on stage by O.T. Genesis, Musiq Soulchild and Junior M.A.F.I.A.
The show-stopping set saw her open with “Lighters Up” from 2005’s “The Naked Truth”.
Junior then joined her for “Player’s Anthem” and she also included her verse from Puff Daddy’s ‘It’s All About The Benjamins.’
Cardi B leads 2019 BET Hip Hop Awards with most nominations
The rap artist secured 10 nominations, including MVP of the year Cardi is also nominated in the hustler of the year, single of the year, best hip-hop video and hot ticket performer categories.
Meanwhile, the evening was dominated by J. Cole, who took home a total of three awards.
The 34-year-old rapper won best Lyricist, Impact Track for “Middle Child” and Featured Verse for his appearance on 21 Savage’s “a lot”.
Cardi B, Travis Scott, Megan Thee Stallion and Lil Nas X won two awards apiece.
Cardi’s “Money” promo won best Hip Hop Video and she was also honoured with the Made You Look prize for her style.
Travis’ “Astroworld” picked up Album of the Year and he was also named Video Director of the Year.
Rising star Megan Thee Stallion bagged Hot Ticket Performer and ‘Fever’ was named Best Mixtape.
And Lil Nas X’s Billy Ray Cyrus remix of viral hit ‘Old Town Road’ was honoured with Best Collab and Single of the Year.
The late Nipsey Hussle – who was tragically shot dead in March aged 33 – was posthumously awarded the title of MVP of the Year and Jay-Z was named Hustlers of the Year.
The full winners list is as follows:
Best Hip-Hop Video: “Money” – Cardi B
Hot Ticket Performer: Megan Thee Stallion
Album of the Year: “Astroworld” – Travis Scott
Video Director of the Year: Travis Scott
Lyricist of the Year: J. Cole
MVP of the Year: Nipsey Hussle
Producer of the Year: DJ Khaled
Best Collab, Duo or Group: “Old Town Road (Remix)” – Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus
Single of the Year: “Old Town Road (Remix)” – Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus
Best New Hip-Hop Artist: DaBaby
Best Mixtape: “Fever” – Megan Thee Stallion
Best Featured Verse: J. Cole on “a lot” – 21 Savage featuring J. Cole
Impact Track: “Middle Child,” J. Cole
DJ of the Year: Mustard
Made-You-Look Award (Best Hip-Hop Style): Cardi B
Best Hip-Hop Online Site/App: Complex
Hustler of the Year: Jay-Z
Best International Flow: Sarkodie (Ghana)