Nelly, Kanye West, Ludacris and Snoop Dogg paid tribute to rap's pioneers as part of a VH1 TV special on Thursday night (22SEP05).

Nelly and Ciara paid tribute to LL Cool J, West and Ludacris teamed up with Faith Evans for a medley of Evans' late husband Notorious BIG's hits and Snoop joined Ice-T to run through the latter's hits.

The Hollywood show was filmed for the upcoming HIP-HOP HONOURS.