Russian Prime Minister Putin Nominated for Hip-Hop Award
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 .
"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).