Award Show Attacks, Threats & Violence

Title: Riot Outside MTV Event In Madrid; 11 Arrests
September 22, 2012
Fox News

Abstract:  Fans trying to attend a free event hosted by MTV rioted outside a Madrid theater early Saturday after it closed its doors to avoid exceeding capacity limits, officials said. About 60 people sustained minor injuries and 11 others were arrested.

Thousands of people had turned up at the venue late Friday for the lineup of Spanish Indie music acts, police said. Once the theater was full, scuffles broke out in the streets outside and people began throwing bottles.

Riot police, some on horseback, were deployed to the area after garbage containers were set ablaze. Several parked cars were damaged in the unrest and blazing objects were placed in the road to obstruct the arrival of police vehicles.

Hundreds of youngsters ran away from the scene as police vans began to arrive, according to video footage on the website of news agency Europa Press.

"I saw thousands of young people blocking roads near the theater as fire trucks and ambulances began to arrive," taxi driver Jesus Gonzalez said after driving past the area at 3 a.m.

The Metropolitan Police Union said the popularity of the event had however caught Madrid city council, a co-sponsor of the event, by surprise.

Another free pop concert, with a lineup of Spanish pop-music acts, was scheduled at the same venue by MTV for Saturday night.

MTV officials didn't immediately return phone calls seeking comment.

"Once again MTV causes mayhem in Madrid with two days of concerts," according to posters advertising the event, called "MTV Madrid Beach" (Fox News, 2012).

Title: Rappers Young Jeezy And Rick Ross In Angry Fight At BET Awards Which 'Saw Shots Fired In Parking Lot'
Date: September 30,2012
Daily Mail

Abstract: Shots were allegedly fired on Saturday night outside the taping of the BET Hip Hop Awards in Atlanta following a shoving match that broke out backstage between rappers Young Jeezy and Rick Ross.

According to TMZ sources, the two performers exchanged heated words during the ceremony and started pushing each other before their bodyguards and BET security intervened and separated the two men.

But that was apparently not the end of the incident. According to eyewitnesses, soon afterwards a member of Ross's entourage went to the parking lot of the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center and pulled out a gun, firing several shots.

No injuries were reported, and police have denied that shots were in fact fired.

Sources said that the concert venue was temporarily shut down during a musical tribute to the late hip hop mogul Chris Lighty. The building later reopened and the taping of the awards show continued with heightened security.

 According to the Atlanta Police Department, neither Young Jeezy nor Rick Ross was arrested in connection to the altercation.

Rick Ross, 36, and Young Jeezy, 34, have not enjoyed a good relationship in the past, but lately the two appeared to be on good terms.

But on Saturday, Hot 97 DJ Funkmaster Flex tweeted that things between the rappers came to a head when members of their cliques crossed paths backstage.

At around 9.30pm, the DJ tweeted: 'Jeezy and Rick Ross just had words backstage!! Pushing and shoving!!!'

Minutes later, he posted an update, telling his followers: 'Beef just spread to the parking lot!!!' before tweeting, 'Shots fired in parking lot!!! Gunman arrested!!! Back to the show and the Club later!!!' 

Multiple sources confirmed to 
MTV News that Ross's protégé Gunplay was also involved in a fight with members of 50 Cent's G-Unit camp.

Atlanta Journal Constitution reported that Jeezy was arrested in 2005 for carrying a concealed firearm without a permit and in 2008 for DUI, while Ross was arrested in 2008 for gun and marijuana charges, and in 2011 for possession of marijuana.

The BET Hip Hop Awards will air on October 9 (Daily Mail, 2012).

Police Break Up Scuffle At BET Hip-Hop Awards
Date: September 30, 2012
USA Today

Abstract: Atlanta police officers broke up an altercation Saturday evening between two groups at the seventh annual BET Hip-Hop Awards, but no arrests were made.

Police spokesman Carlos Campos said officers responded to the scuffle at around 7:30 p.m. in the backstage area of the awards show, held at a downtown civic center. Campos said there were no injuries or shots fired.

Police have not released the identities of those involved in the scuffle.

The altercation took place around the same time as a tribute performance to hip-hop mogul Chris Lighty, who committed suicide last month.

BET officials told The Associated Press that the awards show was not interrupted.

Kanye West, who received the most nominations with 17, didn't attend the event. The show will air on BET on Oct. 9.

Rapper LL Cool J paid homage in remarks to Lighty, who he says helped shape his career and many others in hip-hop. After Cool J spoke, rappers Q-Tip, Fat Joe, Busta Rhymes, Missy Elliott and 50 Cent took the stage to perform.

The show was highlighted by several freestyle sessions that included rapper T.I., B.o.B., Snoop Dogg, E-40 and Cassidy. Others who performed included Rick Ross, P. Diddy, 2 Chainz and Future.

Rapper T.I. presented legendary rapper Rakim with the "I Am Hip-Hop Icon" honor. 2 Chainz won the People's Choice award, and Kendrick Lamar came away with Lyricist of the Year award (USA Today, 2012).

Title: A History of Music Awards Show Violence
Date: October 1, 2012
Source: Hollywood Reporter

Abstract: Saturday's BET Hip-Hop Awards in Atlanta were marred by several rap world rivalries boiling over into all-out brawls.

There were Rick Ross and Young Jeezy, former collaborators turned nemeses, who got into a heated argument that led to a pushing and shoving match backstage that spilled out into the parking lot. Police say no shots were fired, despite several witnesses saying they heard them. And then there was a scuffle between rapper Gunplay and a member of 50 Cent's entourage that ended in police separating the two with mace spray. 

Of course, neither battle was the first time violence erupted at such an event. Here now are some of the wildest and scariest moments in the history of music awards shows.

1. Onyx Shoot Live Ammunition - 1994 Source Hip-Hop Music Awards
Things got off to a rocky start at the first Source Hip-Hop Music Awards, held at the Paramount Theater in New York, when Tupac Shakur stormed the stage during A Tribe Called Quest's set --  but that was nothing compared to a performance later that evening by Onyx, who fired live ammunition at the ceiling during a performance of "Throw Ya Gunz." 

2. Shooting Death of Notorious B.I.G. - 1997 Soul Train Music Awards
Hours after Notorious B.I.G. presented an award to Toni Braxton at the ceremony -- during which some members of the audience loudly booed him -- the superstar rapper was shot to death after departing a Vibe-hosted after party at the Peterson Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.

3. Brawl Breaks Out - 2000 Source Hip-Hop Music Awards 
Pasadena hosted the 2000 show, which was cut short after a violent brawl erupted in the audience -- resulting in only five of the night's 15 awards being handed out.

DJ Quik was sent to the emergency room from his injuries. The result? Pasadena city officials banned the awards from ever returning there again.

4. Eminem Tussles with Triumph the Insult Comic Dog -- 2002 MTV Video Music Awards
After sitting in Moby's lap and trying to fan the flames of the dance music artist's ongoing feud with Eminem, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog -- i.e. a puppet attached to the arm of comedy writer Robert Smigel -- then approached the rapper himself.

Eminem started to lose his cool and two bodyguards got involved before producers quickly cut away to Christina Aguilera.

But man and man's best friend eventually smoothed things over: Eminem impersonated Triumph on his song "Ass Like That" from 2004's Encore, and even featured the puppet in the song's video.

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5. Young Buck Stabs a Violent Fan -- 2004 VIBE Music Awards
Held at the Santa Monica Airport, the second annual awards were marred by the stabbing by G-Unit rapper Young Buck of 26-year-old L.A. native Jimmy James Johnson.

Right before Snoop Dogg and Quincy Jones were about to present Dr. Dre with a special award, Johnson approached Dre under the pretense of seeking an autograph -- then sucker punched the music producer.

"All hell broke loose," was how one witness described it, with several in the crowd exchanging punches and throwing chairs as others leaped for cover.

Young Buck later pled guilty to a charge of "assault likely to produce great bodily harm," and was sentenced to three years' probation.

6. Rick Ross vs. Young Jeezy, Gunplay vs. 50 Cent's Crew - 2012 BET Hip-Hop Awards
Video of the latest hip-hop kudosfest altercations hit the web within hours of unfolding before prying smartphone cameras (Hollywood Reporter, 2012).