While Lil’ Kim sported an all-black ensemble — including a black mini dress and thigh-high velvet boots — 2-year-old Royal donned a sparkly gold jacket over a white-and-yellow dress and capris, complete with a matching headpiece and purse.
The “Magic Stick” rapper and famous fashion risk-taker was honored for her influence in and contributions to both music and fashion, and helping to carve a path for other women in hip-hop.
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In her acceptance speech at Lincoln Center, Lil’ Kim — who was also celebrating her birthday — gave her already stylish daughter a shout-out.
“My beautiful baby, Royal Reign, is in the building! Hi!” she says, while the camera pans to a smiling Royal.
Someone else who couldn’t resist in joining the Grammy-winning artist onstage to accept her honor? Sean “Diddy” Combs, who had a lot to say about Lil’ Kim’s impressive career and the long friendship between the two.
Diddy attended the event with his daughters, who looked beautiful in their custom Mischka Aoki dresses.
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During Lil’ Kim’s big moment, the singer and record producer had no problem giving his friend the props she deserved.
“You always push the envelope — there’s only one queen bee,” he tells her. “As soon as I [first] heard her rhyme … it was something I’d never seen or heard before. I knew she was going to be a superstar.
“Kim is always taking risks that nobody else has even considered taking,” Combs continues, referring to the legend as his “sister” and giving her a hug, assuring her he would never have missed her big night. “You brought glamour to hip-hop.”
— Jen Juneau