VIBE AWARDS: BEATS, STYLE, FLAVOR, was a two-hour special event dedicated to celebrating excellence, innovation, cutting-edge presentation and genre-expanding work in urban music, co-hosted by Grammy Award-winning artist, Academy Award‚-nominated actress, author and entrepreneur Queen Latifah. The VIBE AWARDS were held November 20 at the Santa Monica Civic Center and were broadcast Friday, Nov. 21 (8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on UPN.

Nominations for VIBE AWARDS were determined by the Vibe editorial staff, headed by editorial director Emil Wilbekin. Winners in each category were decided by votes from music journalists and entertainment executives. The Next Award was decided online by VIBE readers @

To be eligible for nomination, recorded material must have been released between October 2002 and September 2003.

And the winners are:

Honorary Awards

VX Honorary Award
Honoring the man who has made hip hop music and lifestyle a cornerstone of American Culture.
Russell Simmons

TUBIG Honorary Award
In memory of the legacy of the late Tupac Shakur and the Notorious B.I.G.

Style Maverick Honorary Award
We like your business, personal, and creative style.
Sean "P.Diddy" Combs

R&B Vanguard Award
For continuing the legacy of R&B with innovation.
R. Kelly

Dopest Album
Two hot singles do not an album make. Peep the hottest albums of the year…meaning a collective body of work. If you can put an album on and listen to it without pressing the skip button, then you've got a potential winner.
Get Rich or Die Tryin', by 50 Cent

These are the debut artists who are ready for their close-ups. They are tomorrow's superstars. VIBE readers chose their selection for hottest new rapper.
Joe Budden

Artist of the Year
Who's worked the hardest, brought the heat, updated or changed the game? We salute the artist who got the dance floor crunk, the airwaves cracking, and kept us glued to our televisions. The award is for the best of the best.
50 Cent

Coolest Collabo
It takes two to make a thing go right. Hip hop has some of the most dynamic duos. Talk about matchmaking. This category celebrates the art of coming together. Two stars are always better than one. Clearances or not.
"Crazy in Love," by Beyoncé, featuring Jay-Z

Enterprising Entrepreneur
Making money and making moves. Hip hop and urban music have produced more young moguls than a business school graduation. These people mix the art of music with the skill of commerce. From fashion to restaurant franchises, sneakers to vodka, nothing is off-limits for these modern millionaires.
Damon Dash

Tightest Team Players
There's no "I" in team. Which groups came together to make the final product rock? These nominees displayed style, cooperation, and agility. The group that plays together stays together.
N.E.R.D./The Neptunes

Most Stylish
The red carpet isn't the only runway for urban superstars. From album covers to video shoots, these artists bust a look that is distinctive, creative, and individualistic. This award celebrates your personal style. Remember: You are what you wear.

Reelest Video
Flash! Bang! Boom! These are the video clips that kept you glued to the flat screen. Beauty shops, bootys, and Brazil were just a few of the attractions for this year's nominees. Moving images have become as important to music, as a hot beat. Don't forget: Video killed the radio star.
"Work It," by Missy Elliot

Sexiest Video Vixen
Sure there are a million video girls out there, but these women have star power. Sexy, sensual, and sublime, these ladies clearly held their own next to the big dogs. They keep our tongues wagging.
Jeanette Chavis ("Excuse Me Miss," by Jay-Z)

Hottest Hook
What would a great hip hop song be without a hot hook? Ordinary. We tip our hats to the most innovative use of phrase, verse, or melody that helps you get stuck on a single. It's probably the only part of the song that you really know.
"In Da Club," by 50 Cent

Most Influential Region
North, south, east, and west, hip hop has taken the world by storm. Urban music is no longer just Los Angeles and New York. As the most prominent American art form, rap is now proud to show off its center. From the Motor City to the Show Me State, music, fashion, hairdos, and throwback jerseys are representing to the fullest.
New York

VIBE AWARDS: BEATS, STYLE, FLAVOR is a production of Vibe Magazine, Flavor Unit Television and White Cherry Entertainment. Kenard Gibbs, Joshua Katz, Queen Latifah and Shakim Compere are executive producers. Deidra N. Tate, Ricky Kirschner and Glenn Weiss of White Cherry are producers. Emil Wilbekin is creative executive producer. The special was directed by recent Emmy Award winner Glenn Weiss.

To view the full list of nominees, click here.