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Hip-hop pioneer Doug E. Fresh will receive special honors at this year's BET Hip Hop Awards. 

The veteran emcee and beat boxer will be honored with the "I Am Hip Hop" award, which recognizes outstanding contributions to hip-hop music.  Doug E. Fresh's career spans nearly three decades and in that time's he's managed to come up with hits such as "The Show" and "La Di Da Di." 

He joins past "I Am Hip Hop" award honorees MC Lyte, Rakim, LL Cool J, Salt-N-Pepa, Ice Cube and Russell Simmons.  

Meantime, BET has announced the musical lineup for the annual awards ceremony.  Snoop Dogg will take the stage, along with Common, Birdman, Rich Homie Quan, Young Thug, Migos, YG and others.  Snoop will also emcee the event. 

The 2014 BET Hip Hop Awards will be taped September 20th at the BoisfeuilletJones Atlanta Civic Center for air on BET a few weeks later on October 14th. 

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