Thursday, October 16, 2003

50 Cent earns hip-hop respect

The Associated Press

MIAMI - Rapper 50 Cent won three major awards, including album of the year, and Nelly and Lil' Kim also took home trophies at the Source Hip-Hop Music Awards.

50 Cent's album Get Rich or Die Tryin' won album of the year, while his hit song "In Da Club" earned him the award for single of the year for a male solo artist. 50 Cent, who also earned the breakthrough artist of the year award, was not present at the show.

Nelly was honored as male artist of the year, while Lil' Kim, who tied with Jay-Z for the most nominations with five, won female artist of the year and earned female single of the year for "The Jump Off."

Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz won two awards - artist of the year for a group and video of the year.

Sean Paul won in the dancehall reggae category for "Dutty Rock."

The show will air Nov. 11 on BET.

The following are winners announced at the show.

Other winners will be announced later:

Album of the Year: 50 Cent, Get Rich or Die Tryin'.

Artist of the Year, Female: Lil' Kim.

Artist of the Year, Male: Nelly.

Artist of the Year, Group: Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz.

Single of the Year, Male: 50 Cent, "In Da Club."

Single of the Year, Group: Clipse, "Grindin'."

Single of the Year, Collaboration: Bone Crusher featuring TI and Killer Mike, "Never Scared."

R&B-Rap Collaboration of the Year: Ja Rule featuring Bobby Brown, "Thug Lovin'."

Video of the year: Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz featuring Mystikal and Krayzie Bone, "I Don't Give a (expletive)."

Producer of the Year: The Neptunes.

Dancehall Reggae Album of the Year: Sean Paul, Dutty Rock.

International Album of the Year: K-os, Exit.

Breakthrough Artist of the Year: 50 Cent.

Single of the Year, Female: Lil' Kim, "The Jump Off."

R&B Artist of the Year, Female: Aaliyah.

Fat Tape Song of the Year: Scarface featuring Jay-Z and Beanie Sigel, "Guess Who's Back."

Trendsetter of the Year: Baby aka Birdman.

Independent Album of the Year: Cormega, The True Meaning."

Live Performer of the Year: Busta Rhymes.

Lyricist of the Year: Jay-Z.

Pioneer Award: Kurtis Blow.

DJ of the Year Award: Jam Master Jay.

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