The Source Hip-Hop Music Awards, still trying to live down the 2000 ceremony (in which the proceedings were halted when a melee broke out), ran peacefully Monday night at the Miami Arena. Maybe that’s because 50 Cent, who’s involved in ongoing feuds with several of the night’s participants — including awards host The Source magazine — didn’t show. Nonetheless, the magazine’s editors and readers set aside their beef with the rapper to give him three prizes, including Album of the Year for ”Get Rich or Die Tryin”’ and Single of the Year (Male) for ”In Da Club.” Accepting the one award on 50’s behalf, the Miami Herald reports, was another once-bitter rival: Ja Rule.
The magazine has picked fights with both 50 and his mentor, Eminem. A cover story last month suggested that 50, despite famously surviving being shot nine times in a 2000 incident, was a poseur whose street credentials were exaggerated. Nonetheless, the editors nominated him for several honors, ultimately selected by a poll of subscribers and DJs. Performing at the show, Wyclef Jean sang of reconciliation in a new tune from his forthcoming album. ”Black on black crime needs to stop,” he announced, and so do feuds between between The Source and Eminem, and among the members of Jean’s old band, the Fugees.
Other big winners were Nelly (Male Artist of the Year, Image Award) and Lil Jon & the Eastside Boyz (Artist of the Year, Group and Video of the Year, for ”I Don’t Give a…”). Ja Rule won his own prize for R&B/Rap Collaboration of the Year for ”Thug Lovin”’ (with Bobby Brown). Other winners included Lil’ Kim (Artist of the Year, Female), the Clipse (Single of the Year, Group, for ”Grindin”’), the Neptunes (Producer of the Year), and Sean Paul (Dancehall Reggae Album of the Year, for ”Dutty Rock”). The taped gala will air Nov. 11 on BET.