April 23, 1999 at 04:00 AM EDT

What do you call the online Grammys of hip-hop? How about a digital rapper’s delight? On March 30, 1999 1,000 MC wannabes packed NYC club Tramps to celebrate the third annual Online Hip-Hop Awards and party with stars like Chuck D, Grandmaster Flash, and Naughty by Nature, while online viewers around the world watched the event via RealVideo and chatted with artists like Canibus. Backed by music portal Support Online Hip-Hop (http://www.sohh.com), among others, the festive five-hour show gave props to 11 sites picked by more than 300,000 online voters in 12 categories. The evening’s big winner was the Hieroglyphics (http://www.hieroglyphics.com) — the rap collective won for both Best Artist and Online Hip-Hop Award of the Year. Other winners had the swagger of a true MC: Webmaster Mike Pizzo, whose slick e-zine HipHopSite (http://www.hiphopsite.com) snagged the award for Website of the Year, quoted from A Tribe Called Quest after his win: ”I never let a statue tell me how nice I am.” Maybe the OHHA should consider a new category: Best Braggadocio.

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