VH1's 'Hip Hop Honors' looks to '90s nostalgia

VH1's 'Hip Hop Honors' looks to '90s nostalgia

A back lot at Paramount Studios shook from the bass of classic rap records pumping through speakers as members of the crowd picked up free bandannas, sunglasses and faux gold chains.

The strip of brownstones and storefronts that often stand in for New York — or whatever metropolis filmmakers see fit — had been transformed into a Brooklyn block party on Sunday for VH1’s “Hip Hop Honors.”

Since its inception in 2004, the event, which returned last year after a six-year absence, has feted the artists and movements that have defined and influenced hip-hop culture.

This year’s ceremony, which airs tonight at 9, eschewed artist-driven movements — last year’s ceremony, for...

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