2009 Hip-Hop Honors To Air in October

 This year’s VH1 Hip-Hop Honors show is poised to be the biggest, as the event will celebrate Def Jam’s 25th anniversary. Actor Tracy Morgan is returning for hosting duties, and the ceremony will focus on the label’s influential founders Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin.

Also, their crucial supporting cast over the years in Kevin Liles, Lyor Cohen, Julie Greenwald, Antonio “L.A.” Reid, and Jay-Z will be highlighted.

The performers were carefully selected to represent Def Jam’s past and present rosters, along with artists that were influenced by the seminal brand.

The current performance list includes Eminem, Young Jeezy, Rick Ross, Fabolous, Ludacris, DMX, Mary J. Blige, Redman, The Roots, Method Man, ONYX, Public Enemy, Warren G, Kid Rock, Chris Rock, Jimmy Fallon, Brett Ratner, Trey Songz, Ja Rule, Gym Class Heroes, and Scarface.

In addition, VH1 has special archival footage and lost interviews that will be showcased throughout the airing.

Next Monday (September 14), fans can log onto HipHop.VH1.com for exclusive artist profiles, and to discuss the line-up and what selections they’d like to see.

The show is scheduled to debut on October 13 at 9PM.