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June 15, 2016 at 12:00 PM EDT
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Bringing back the VH1 Hip Hop Honors is definitely worth it, so let Missy Elliott work it. 

After a six-year hiatus, the venerable show is back with a twist. This year’s all-female show VH1 Hip Hop Honors: All Hail the Queens will applaud the women groundbreakers and innovators who led a movement and rose to the top of a male-dominated genre to make their voices heard, as they continue to do so today.

Missy ElliottQueen Latifah and Salt-N-Pepa are among the women who will be saluted during this star-studded night, and PEOPLE got a preview of their behind-the-scenes shoot. 


As a five-time Grammy Award-winning singer-rapper-producer-songwriter, Elliott has sold over 30 million albums worldwide. She has been the only female rapper to have all six albums reach RIAA platinum certified or better. 

Latifah is one of music’s most recognized rappers and has earned six Grammy nominations, as well as a Grammy win for Best Solo Rap Performance in 1994. As far as her acting career goes, Latifah received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Mama Morton in Miramax’s Chicago, a SAG Award win for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries for her role in HBO’s Bessie, and has won a Golden Globe and been nominated for two Emmys. 

Salt-N-Pepa happen to be the first female rap group ever to attain platinum status, selling more than 12 million albums during their career. The group won a Grammy Award in 1995 for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for their hit “None of Your Business.” The ladies also brought back their 1993 hit “Shoop” for the 2016 film Deadpool

VH1 Hip Hop Honors: All Hail The Queens will make its triumphant return July 11 at 9 p.m. EST.

Head over to PEOPLE for more exclusive behind-the-scenes images.

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