AceShowbiz - Lil' Kim was among the honorees at the 2019 BET Hip Hop Awards in Georgia which aired on October 8. The rapper was presented with the "I Am Hip Hop" award and it was only natural for her to thank her fans for the milestone. However, the way she referred to her fan base might bring attention in a negative way from Beyonce Knowles' fans.
It has been known that Beyonce's fans are called Beyhive and Lil' Kim apparently called hers something similar during her speech, making Beyhives furious. "This is for you, Beehive!" she proudly gushed while holding up her trophy up in the air. While it was spelled differently, the name didn't stop Beyhives to come at Kim on Twitter.
"I'm sorry but fif Lil Kim say thank you #BeeHive ??? Girrrll, just cus we call you Queen B does not mean you can call ya fans the beehive. That territory has already been claimed sis #HipHopAwards," tweeted a mad fan. Another fan added, "Did Lil Kim just say 'This Is for you Beehive.' "
"So Lil Kim is Queen Bee and her fans are the Beehive and Beyonce is Queen Bey and her fans are the Beyhive… I'm sorry but someone is getting sued lol," one confused viewer chimed in. However, one Lil' Kim fan noted that the star "literally has been calling us that since the 00's."
It's true, though. In her 1996 track titled "Crush on You", Lil' Kim called herself the "Queen Bee." She also released a track called "Tha Beehive" back in 2003, rapping, "Rappers better run and hide 'cause here comes the Beehive." As for Beyonce, the singer started using the word Beyhive in 2011.
While accepting the award, Lil' Kim admitted to being nervous. She then gave a shout-out to her daughter Royal Reign, saying, "I don't wanna take much of your time, but.. to my best friend, my beautiful love of my life, Royal Reign, I'm obsessively in love with you in so many ways and she's here tonight. I love you so much, beautiful."