The United States isn't the only country with a hip hop-loving president. Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is a vocal supporter of both the music and culture, and has been honored for his involvement by Muz TV, which is a rival of Russian MTV .

Putin has been nominated for the "Event of the Year" award at Muz TV's Russian Street Awards, for his appearance at Muz TV's "Battle for Respect," where he crowned the champ, rapper Zhigan.

"Although rap is kind of rough, it has a social message dealing with the problems of the young," Putin explained, while presenting. He also praised graffiti for being "fine and elegant," and b-boying for being a positive activity for the country's youth. "I do not think that 'top-rock' or 'down-rock' break dance technique is compatible with alcohol or drugs," Putin announced to a cheering crowd.

For the "Event of the Year" award, Putin will be competing against the Hip-Hop City Splash 2009 Festival, and the breakup of popular Russian rap group Centr.

The award ceremony will take place on April 21 in Moscow. We're rootin' for Putin (sorry).