You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Hip-hop breakdown

Melee, bum-rushing, flying CDs all part of Source Awards?

PASADENA — The hip-hop must go on.

That’s the phat beat from UPN, which has opted to air “The Source Hip-Hop Music Awards” Aug. 29 — despite a wack melee at the show’s taping Tuesday night that shut down the event before all of the night’s awards had been handed out.

Police were called into the Pasadena Civic Auditorium about two-thirds of the way through the show after a fight broke out in the audience. Although no arrests were made and no serious injuries were reported, officers sent everyone home.

“For the safety of the audience and with no apparent hope of continuing the show peacefully, the Pasadena Police Department announced the show would not continue and asked the audience to leave quietly,” according to a recorded message at the department.

Most of the crowd quickly fled the scene, but up to 75 people bum-rushed the stage, while others threw bottles and CD s from their gift bags.

UPN execs were still debating Wednesday afternoon how to hand out the remaining awards and acknowledge the hip-hop smackdown on air. About a half-dozen awards were presented, and female rapper L’il Kim had just finished performing before the crowd started blowin’ up the spot.

The network may tape new segments to hand out the remaining awards, and seamlessly add those big-ups to the pre-fight footage.

“It is indeed unfortunate that the irresponsible actions of a few individuals marred a celebration of the best in hip-hop music and culture,” said network spokesman Paul McGuire.

(Reuters contributed to this report.)

More Scene

  • Producer Mel Jones poses at the

    'Dear White People' Producer Talks Hollywood's 'Black Tax'

    “Dear White People” and “Leimert Park” executive producer Mel Jones is extremely familiar with growing up and watching “white men in all types of roles and never [seeing] ourselves as a part of those narratives.” Now, there may be some more opportunities for writers of color to tell their own stories, but, she notes, there [...]

  • Rebel Wilson Isn't It Romantic

    Rebel Wilson on Twitter Gaffe: 'It Was Purely to Lift My Fellow Plus-Size Women Up'

    “I obviously misspoke in that situation,” Rebel Wilson told Variety at the premiere of her latest film “Isn’t It Romantic” Monday, acknowledging the gaffe in which she claimed to be the first-ever plus-sized woman to star in a romantic comedy during an October appearance on “Ellen.” Following the comment, Wilson was met with criticism from Twitter [...]


    How Lena Waithe Convinced Halle Berry to Team Up for 'Boomerang' TV Series

    Halle Berry wasn’t immediately sold on the idea of a “Boomerang” reboot. The 1992 romantic comedy, which starred Berry, Eddie Murphy, and Robin Givens, told the tale of cocky ad executive and insatiable ladies’ man Marcus (Murphy) who meets his match in his new boss Jacqueline (Givens) — an exec who treats him the same [...]

  • Rebel Wilson and Miley Cyrus'Isn't it

    Why Liam Hemsworth Wasn't at His 'Isn't It Romantic' Premiere, but Wife Miley Cyrus Was

    Liam Hemsworth had every intention of bringing his wife, Miley Cyrus, to Monday’s premiere of his new romantic comedy “Isn’t It Romantic.” However, the Aussie actor was forced to skip the evening because of some “health things.” That didn’t stop Cyrus from attended the red carpet shindig at the Theater at the Ace Hotel in downtown [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content