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Swizz Beatz tears up after surprise tribute at DJ awards

HONOURED: Swizz Beatz

NEW YORK hip-hop star Swizz Beatz went from show host to award winner during a surprise tribute at the Global Spin Awards in America.

The producer was in the middle of reading from the teleprompter during the awards – known as the Grammy awards for DJs – when out came his old label mates the Lox, as well as his parents, uncle and his R&B singer wife Alicia Keys, Bossip reported.

They presented him with three plaques to represent the 300 million records he’s sold in his career.

“He had just surpassed the 300 million record mark, and we thought that was the perfect opportunity that he would be unaware of, that would be extremely heartfelt and extremely special,” Global Spin founder Shawn Prez told Bossip.

Beatz had no idea that he’d get the nod and he even teared up a little bit as he accepted the plaques.

SURPRISE: The musician had no idea

The touching moment was one of many at the Global Spin Awards on Tuesday night (Nov 17 at the PlayStation Theater in New York City.

DJ Envy won DJ of the Year, Mark Ronson took the Breaking Barriers Award and DJ Carisma won Female of the Year.

Hip-hop pioneers Melle Mel, Kurtis Blow, Grandmaster Caz and Busy Bee presented their peer Afrikaa Bambaataa with a lifetime achievement award.

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