Houston, Texas rappers TRAE and MIKE JONES stole the show at Monday's (11Aug08) Ozone Awards - by fighting backstage before the ceremony began.
Jones was punched in the fracas and Trae was escorted from the Houston event, but appeared later to pick up his Mixtape Monster award.
The fight started while the rappers were having a conversation, and Trae threw the first punch, Jones revealed.
Talking after the ceremony, Jones called Trae’s actions a publicity stunt.
He says, "It was the perfect time to do this and they don't have to pay for advertising and promotion and they need that.
"He came and shook my hand and I guess he was mad cause I called myself The President... I'm the president of H-Town, I run this city. After we shook our hands and had our words, I went my way and the next thing you know he snuck up behind me and hit me on my side.
"Then someone else jumped in and tried to hit me in my nose. But I still got up there on the Ozone Awards and performed."
Jones insists the feud isn't over: "It's gonna get handled in the streets. I came to the Ozone Awards for my song Cutty Buddy and he came from behind my back like a coward. It's sad we have to talk about this."
The scrap may have marred the beginning of the third annual rap awards, but it was quickly forgotten as performers lined up onstage and accolades were handed out.
The highlight of the show came when Scarface, David Banner, Big Boi and Bun B joined forces to pay tribute to late UGK star Pimp C.
The night's top prizes went to rap mogul J. Prince, who was honoured with the Living Legends Award, David Banner (Trillest Artist) and T-Pain (Tastemaker Award).
Meanwhile, Rick Ross claimed the Best Rap Album award for Trilla and Lil Wayne who took home the Best Rap Artist and Best Lyricist honours.
The top winners were:
Best Rap Album - Trilla by Rick Ross
Best Rap Artist - Lil Wayne
Best R+B Artist - Chris Brown
Best Rap Group - UGK
Best Lyricist - Lil Wayne
Breakthrough Artist - Shawty Lo
Best Rap/R+B Collaboration - Love in This Club by Usher (featuring Young Jeezy) Club Banger of the Year - Independent by Webbie (featuring Lil Boosie + Lil Phat) Mixtape Monster - Trae
Pimp C Award (Trillest Artist) - David Banner
TJ's DJ's Hustler Award - DJ Khaled
TJ's DJ's Tastemaker Award - T-Pain
Best Video - Int'l Players Anthem by UGK (featuring Outkast) DJ of the Year - DJ Khaled
Best Mixtape/Street Album - Gangsta Grillz: Hood Generals by DJ Drama and B.G./Mixtape Messiah 3 by Chamillionaire
Best Producer - Polow Da Don
Best Rap Artist (West Coast) - The Game
Best Rap Group (West Coast) - D.P.G.
Best Rap Album (West Coast) - Ego Trippin' by Snoop Dogg
Living Legend - J Prince