The Hip-Hop Inaugural Ball, the second of its kind, went down at the Harman Center for the Arts on Sunday night, hours before President Obama would be sworn in.
Michael Eric Dyson, one of the presenters for the evening, said it best when he said, (and I’m paraphrasing) President Obama would not have been elected if not for hip hop. From the President saying he listens to Jay-Z on his iPod to Jay-Z and Beyonce hosting high level fundraising events for Obama, it’s clear that hip-hip had an indelible link to the Obama campaign. And Sunday night celebrated that fact.
La La Anthony (whose publicist said the wife of Carmelo Anthony would not answer any questions about her relationship) co-hosted alongside E! News’ Terrence J.
The evening honored Swizz Beatz, John Legend, Meek Mill, Voto Latino (Rosario Dawson accepted the award on their behalf),and 2 Chainz for their contributions to the community and the campaign.
The evening also honored MC Lyte and Doug E. Fresh with lifetime achievement awards. Yo-Yo, Lil Mama and Smooth honored Lyte with a medley of performances.
Angela Simmons, who took her uncle’s place behind the podium as Russell was home with the flu, Tyson Beckford and Lance Gross were also among the honored guests.