9:00: Tracy Morgan kicks off the show by breaking down the elements of hip-hop.
9:01: Morgan just named a handful of my favorite hip-hop albums, including Paid in Full and Illmatic, as some of the top classics.
9:04: The host announces this year's honorees: Snoop Dogg, Whodini, A Tribe Called Quest, New Jack Swing, and Wild Style.
9:06: VH1 observes the ladies first rule by honoring Missy Elliott first.
9:07: Missy tells her story.
9:08Learning that Missy created most of her early songs in her bedroom is a bit unnerving.
9:10:: Timbaland and Tweet honor Missy with a performance of "The Rain." I almost forgot how addictive that song was.
9:13: Eve just tore down a performance of Missy's verse on "Hot Boys."
9:14: Nelly Furtado pays tribute to Missy by adding her flavor to "Get Your Freak On," but I'm still trying to understand the Missy-Nelly connection.
9:21: Clad in a black jacket and black pants, Diddy takes the stage to honor super duper producer Teddy Riley. Teddy Riley is being honored for his contribution to New Jack Swing.
9:29: T-Pain, Ne-Yo, Doug E Fresh on the same stage. I think my TV just exploded in protest.
9:30: T-Pain's performance is a disaster. I'm not sure if he's singing or sleep-talking. See what happens when your singing career depends on a vocoder?
9:31: Ne-Yo saves the day, and shows T-Pain how to sing and dance simultaneously.
9:32: Kool Moe Dee concludes the New Jack Swing tribute with a rendition of "How Ya Like Me Now," one of the greatest diss songs of all time.
9:40: Ne-Yo and Keyshia Cole, who looks more like a backup dancer than an R&B singer, continue their NJS tribute with a performance of Michael Jackson's "Remember the Time."
9:42: The crowd goes nuts over what they're absolutely sure must be Jay-Z's "Show Me What You Got," only to quiet down after realizing that it's actually the introductory horn riff to Wreckx-N-Effect's "Rump Shaker."
9:49: Morgan announces the next honoree, the groundbreaking hip-hop movie "Wild Style." VH1 ran out of human honorees this year, so they decided to honor movies and music genres instead.
9:51: LL introduces the story of "Wild Style." He'ss rocking dark shades to avoid eye contact with Jay-Z, just in case he's watching the show from home.
9:57: Busy Bee, KRS-One, and Grandmaster Caz pay an energetic tribute to "Wild Style." It's like a Retired Rappers convention on the stage.
10:04: Chris Rock introduces the next honorees, Whodini. I wonder why he wasn't tapped to host the show.
10:09: You wouldn't know it from his style, but Nelly actually makes for a great Whodini imposter.
10:14: The "Freaks Come Out At Night" performance = highlight of the night.
10:24: Actor Harvey Keitel introduces Snoop Dogg as a gangster, whose lyrics somehow changed the weather. Snoop's daughter looks up at her dad to double check on that. Snoop nods.
10:25: T.I. honors Snoop with an excellent rendition of "Deep Cover." He somehow manages to do it without ever saying "Ay!"
10:26: Pharrell effortlessly rips through Snoop's verse from "Ain't Nuthin' But a G Thang."
10:27: Pimp recognize pimp: Ice-T performs Snoop's "Gin & Juice," receives a standing ovation.
10:36: Snoop and Pharrell pump life into the show with an interpolation of P's "Raspy Sh*t" and Snoop's "Drop It Like It's Hot."
10:39: A Tribe Called Quest will be the next honorees.
10:47: Common uses his performance "Bonita Applebum" as an excuse to grab one of the dancers.
10:49: Lupe just messed up his portion of the "Electric Relaxation" tribute.
10:51: Busta Rhymes wraps it up with an energetic performance of "Scenario."
10:57: ATCQ reappear for an encore performance.