Veteran femcee MC Lyte will be honored for her incredible accomplishments throughout the hip-hop world at Russell Simmons‘ 2013 Hip-Hop Inaugural Ball.
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The 42-year-old multi-talent will be highlighted as a trailblazing lyricist and noted for her unselfish work in giving back to the industry.
“It has been my desire to expand the influence of female emcees and now that time has arrived,” MC Lyte said in a statement. “My company, Sunni Gyrl, has been in existence for over fifteen years and together with my charity, Hip Hop Sisters Foundation, I am committed to giving back and to aggressively expanding opportunities for female emcees and for other artist who wish to leverage my diversity, success, and leadership in the entertainment industry.”
This year’s ball will also celebrate the achievements of Swizz Beatz, John Legend, 2 Chainz, Dr. Benjamin Chavis, Doug E. Fresh and more.
Special guests will include Brandy, Lance Gross, Raheem Devaughn, Rosario Dawson, Kevin Liles, Eva Longoria and others, as La La Anthony and Terrence J serve as hosts.
The black-tie event is set to take place at the Harman Center for the Arts in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 20.