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.)