ATLANTA, Ga. (CW69 News at 10) — Dozens of celebrities gathered in Atlanta for the BET Hip Hop Awards at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre on Friday, October 1, 2021. BET will air the award show on Tuesday, October 5, 2021 at 9 p.m. EST.

Glitz and glamour hit the red carpet before the show. “I’m excited. I can’t wait to see everybody. It’s lit,” said Ari Fletcher, a social media influencer and Moneybagg Yo’s girlfriend. “I feel like it’s amazing. They need something like this, something fresh, something cute. Look at me,” said Digital Cypher Kidd Kenn, flaunting his vibrant blue hair style.

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Attendees and nominees came to celebrate culture and hip hop legacy. “Hip Hop is the culture nowadays, so it’s like, you gotta pay homage to it and all the amazing artists,” aid DJ Scheme, a DJ of the Year nominee. “Hip Hop is like the biggest genre of music out, and I feel like, they took it to the next level,” said Benny the Butcher, who is nominated for Lyricist of the Year. Paul Wall couldn’t wait to take the stage to support Nelly, the ‘I Am Hip Hop Award’ honoree. “Anybody that you’re a fan of, when you see them winning, you cheer for them the same way that you cheer for our sports teams,” he said.

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Author Christian Keyes talked about hip hop’s influence beyond the musical stage. “It definitely shaped the sound and the vibe of our show, ‘All the Queen’s Men,’ just that gritty, trap, you know, beautiful, sometimes R&B, soulful, all of that all in one,” he said. Hip hop celebrities say that influence is here to stay, as they support their fellow artists.

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For a list of nominees, click here. Check back after the awards for the results.