|  August 14, 2008

The 2008 VH1 Hip-Hop Honorees have been announced and the five acts recognized for their constant contribution and presence to Hip-Hop this year are Cypress Hill, De La Soul, Slick Rick, Naughty By Nature and Too $hort. The event will viewed on VH1 on Tuesday October 7th at 10pm.

The VH1 Honors started back in 2004 and has recognized a wide variety of individuals and collectives in its previous four shows including KRS One, Run DMC, Big Daddy Kane, MC Lyte, Missy Elliot, Wu Tang Clan and Kool Herc.  The event will take place as always at the Hammerstein Ballroom in midtown Manhattan. honors

Songstress and American Boy lover Estelle has been nominated for this years prestigious Mercury Award for her album Shine. She and eleven others were selected to go head to head by an independent panel of judges. Also up for the award, the winner of which will be announced on September 9th are Adele and Radiohead.

Shine is the sophomore album from the West London singer, released in March of 2008 with the second single from the project American Boy, feat Kanye West, hitting the top spot on the UK charts through downloads alone.

Estelle is no stranger to awards having already been nominated for a BET award this year for Best Newcomer and with various UK Hip-Hop Awards and a MOBO under her belt. Estelle