Industry sources told HipHopDX this evening that T-Pain has replaced Katt Williams of the host of the BET Hip Hop Awards. The decision was reportedly made in the early hours of this morning.
BET's blog includes a statement from Stephen Hill claiming that this decision stemmed from a contest. "So we were all hanging out last night and Katt bets T-Pain he 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 if I win, I get to host the Hip Hop Awards.”
Sources that have asked to be anonymous have told HipHopDX otherwise, claiming that the host change may have come from a disagreement. Katt Williams was reportedly salaried over $50,000 for the hosting role, with scripted writers. Specific motives were not provided from the sources, but it was implied that Williams is disgruntled.
As the awards are still taping at time of press, Williams nor official BET have yet to release statements.