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The Source's Second Annual Hip-Hop Music Awards were staged Thursday, Aug. 3, 1995, at Madison Square Garden's Paramount Theater in New York City.
The Notorious B.I.G. took home four awards, but the show ultimately will be remembered for heightening tensions between the East and West Coasts. Suge Knight publicly attacked Puff Daddy's need to always be seen and heard in his artists' videos, and the show did not return until 1999.
Dr. Dre, Kurupt, Daz,The Lady Of Rage,Nate Dogg,Sam Sneed,DJ Quik & Snoop Doggy Dogg Preformed.
The 69 Boyz, Biggie, Puff Daddy, Craig Mack, Faith, Total, Junior M.A.F.I.A., Bone Thugs-N-Harmony and Method Man also preformed that night.
Winners Of Awards Were :
Artist of the Year, Solo: Snoop Doggy Dogg
Artist of the Year, Group: Wu-Tang Clan
New Artist of the Year, Solo: Notorious B.I.G.
New Artist of the Year, Group: Outkast
Single of the Year: "Flava In Ya Ear" -- Craig Mack
Album of the Year: Ready To Die -- Notorious B.I.G.
Lyricist of the Year: Notorious B.I.G.
Producer of the Year: Dr. Dre
R&B Artist of the Year: Mary J. Blige
Reggae/Hip-Hop Artist of the Year: Mad Lion
Video of the Year: "Murder Was The Case" -- Snoop Doggy Dogg
Live Performer of the Year: Notorious B.I.G.
Soundtrack of the Year: "Above the Rim"
Best Acting Performance: Ice Cube -- "Higher Learning"
Lifetime Achievement Award: Eazy-E
Pioneer Award: Run DMC