Rappers Rick Ross, Gucci Mane, Waka Flocka Flame, and Swizz Beatz are amongst the first acts confirmed to perform at the 5th annual BET Hip Hop Awards. The event will take place on October 2nd at the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center in Atlanta, GA and will air on BET on October 12th at 8pm. The event will be hosted by comedian/actor, Mike Epps. Oscar-award winning actress, comedian and BET late-night host Mo’Nique and R&B sensation Keri Hilson are confirmed presenters with special appearances by breakout female rap artist Nicki Minaj, rapper and actor Common, Oscar-nominated actress Taraji P. Henson, actor and comedian Martin Lawrence and multi-platinum selling artist Missy Elliot. Legendary female rap trio Salt (Cheryl James), Pepa (Sandra Denton) and Spinderella (Deidra “Dee Dee” Roper) of Salt-n-Pepa will be honored as this year’s I AM HIP HOP AWARDS ICONS.