*VH1 will celebrate southern hip hop at its seventh annual “VH1 Hip Hop Honors: The Dirty South” by saluting Timbaland for his contributions to hip hop, as well as Jermaine Dupri, J Prince of Rap-A-Lot Records, Luther “Luke” Campbell and 2 Live Crew, Organized Noize, and Master P.

Hosted by actor/comedian Craig Robinson (“The Office”), the special will shine the spotlight on Timbaland, who “has created a trademark innovative sound that crosses cultural lines and has defined a new wave of music–R&B and hip-hop mixed with eclectic effects held together by complex syncopated beats,” VH1 stated.

“The result has been a series of career-defining hits for artists such as Justin Timberlake, Nelly Furtado, Jodeci, Aaliyah, Missy Elliott, Destiny’s Child, Ludacris, Snoop Dogg and Jay-Z, among many others.

“A two-time Grammy winner, Timbaland has spawned numerous imitators, yet he remains the acknowledged originator.”

“VH1 Hip Hop Honors 2010” will tape from NYC’s Hammerstein Ballroom and air on VH1 on Monday, June 7 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.