According to BET's blog, Executive Vice President, Stephen Hill said that Williams was a no show because he lost a bet. "So we were all hanging out last night and Katt bets T-Pain couldn't beat him in a break dance battle. Not knowing T-Pain was an extremely DOPE break dancer, Katt thought it was an easy win. T-Pain said ifI win, I get to host the Hip-Hop Awards." Other theories behind why Williams did not host was due to a financial dispute between the comedian and the network, or that he was possibly arrested early Saturday morning.
Either way, the show went off without a hitch. T.I., who was arrested right before last year's show, performed with Ludacris and Swizz Beatz. The network also took some time out to pay tribute to female emcees in a performance that included YoYo and Salt-N-Pepa. The night's big winner was Lil Wayne, who took home four awards, including the Lyricist of the Year award. The show will air on BET on October 23 at 8:00 p.m.