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LL COOL J Honored as “I AM HIP-HOP ICON” BET Awards

 width= COOL J Honored as This Year’s “I AM ICON” Award Recipient at the “BET Hip Hop Awards”

Hosted By Comedian , The “BET Hip Hop Awards” Premieres October 11, 2011 at 8:00 P.M.*

Celebrating its sixth year, the “BET Hip Hop Awards,” hosted by comedian Mike Epps, will tape at The Boisfeuillet Jones on Saturday, October 1, 2011 and will premiere on the network on  Tuesday, October 11, 2011 at 8 p.m.*     This year’s show will honor  LL COOL J  with the  “I AM HIP-HOP ICON”  Award.

What began for LL COOL J in the nascent, burgeoning rap and hip hop scene of the 80’s, has now seeped throughout the musical and cultural phenomenon that is today’s hip hop. All the while, LL COOL J has remained a musical and cultural force. First introduced to the world in 1984 as a Def Jam Records flagship artist, the multi-platinum two-time GRAMMY Award-winner is the first to amass ten consecutive platinum-plus selling albums and is currently tied for third place for most  Billboard  chart debuts by a rapper.

A talented actor,  LL currently stars  on  the #1 hit CBS show  “NCIS: Los Angeles”, which returns for its third season this  fall and  has  appeared in dozens of films and TV shows (“Any Given Sunday,” “Charlie’s Angels,” “30 Rock”).

An NAACP winner,  LL is also the world wide for Gendarme and runs the popular social media music website Boomdizzle.com.  He has also released four books, including his Autobiography “I Make My Own Rules,” children’s book “And The Winner Is…” and  the    bestselling workout book “LL COOL J’s Platinum Workout” and the inspirational lifestyle/fitness book “LL COOL J’s Platinum 360 Diet and Lifestyle,” which was just released in paperback.

Previous “I AM HIPHOP ICON” recipients include Grandmaster Flash (2006); KRS-One (2007); Russell Simmons (2008); Ice Cube (2009) and Salt N Pepa (2010).

This year, BET once again teams up with Cossette Productions, the famed of the GRAMMY Awards ® and the record-setting BET AWARDS shows, to handle production of the telecast. Stephen G. Hill, BET President, Music and Programming, along with Lynne Harris Taylor, BET Vice President of Specials, are executive producers of the telecast.

*All times ET/PT