Snoop Dogg to Headline at 2012 GT Awards, November 1 at Palms Resort in Las Vegas

October 29th, 2012 by Jordan Greer

Hip-hop star Snoop Dogg (or “Snoop Lion”, as he now prefers to be called) will be headlining at the 2012 Gran Turismo Awards, to be held at the Palm Resort’s Rain Nightclub in Las Vegas, this Thursday, November 1st at 9:30pm.

Kazunori Yamauchi will also be announcing the “Best in Show” at the event, among the finalists in the five categories, Best Truck or SUV, Best Hot Rod, Best Domestic Automobile, Best European Import and Best Asian Import.

The overall winner, of course, will be playable in a future Gran Turismo title.

If you or someone you know is exhibiting a car at SEMA, there is still time to submit your eligible vehicle for the competition until October 31, 2012.

“Gran Turismo is the most real-deal driving game I have ever experienced,” said Snoop Lion. “I have been a PlayStation fan for years, and am excited to help make this 10th year celebration for the Gran Turismo Awards into an ‘off the hook’ affair.”

GTPlanet will be reporting live from the event, so stay tuned for more coverage from SEMA throughout the week!

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  1. Oct. 31, 10:32pm
    Tdot GTR


  2. Oct. 31, 1:46am

    Because we just don’t have enough ghetto crap infesting our lives already.

    • Oct. 31, 10:02pm

      If you think snoop is ghetto then you should take a listen to today’s rap.

  3. Oct. 30, 11:37pm

    To all the trolls out there sitting in front of your computer screens at home, patting yourself on the back. Thinking how funny or clever you are by acting like a 6 year old spitting bs just to annoying you need to stop riding your own d’s.
    The world does not revolve around one person, if you don’t like Snoop then its of no interest to you but there are those out there who do and dammit I am one of those who ARE interested to know. I don’t comment like a whingin f’n bitch when I find an article on here that is of no interest to me. I just move on because I am one of many – and that may appeal to them.
    Let’s be constructive in our critism not a bunch of whinging tools. This will allow the PD peeps who monitor this to get to the meat of the sandwhich and stops them from wading through the BS to try to deliver what we all the…..The real driving simulator!

    • Oct. 31, 1:22am

      I doubt “PD peep” read the comments section on article looking for content to add to GT5 or GT6. There are dedicated forums for that already.

    • Oct. 31, 4:15am

      Chill bo-snizzle-dizzle-wizzle…”whinging” is spelled “whining” by the way (for future ranting reference)

    • Nov. 1, 8:28am

      @ bprred6 – I believe that they would still check these areas as well, your opinion may differ but that is a wholistic approach to take and believe it or I believe PD are a company that are their vision just differs from a lot of other peoples.

      @ Turboprop – Ta for the correction but it’s unrequired I know what I wrote & what I meant. whinge/(h)winj/Verb: Complain persistently and in a peevish or irritating way. Noun: An act of complaining in such a way. Synonyms: whine same meaning different choice of words. You say potato, I po-ta-to. No need to chill brah, caps lock was off by choice.

  4. Oct. 30, 9:46pm

    Nice headline bait. Yeah, you got me, I came in to see if the Snoop DeVille was being added.

  5. Oct. 30, 5:45pm
    Gt fan

    Maybe instead of creating a good gran turismo game and dragging on it’s glory for 3 years through really bad and overpriced DLCs they can make GT6!!!!!!!

    • Oct. 30, 6:12pm

      A dollar isn’t over priced. Though I’d agree with the bad part.

    • Nov. 2, 1:11am

      Of course but considering GT5 is making the PS3 quake in it’s 6 year old boots, not bloody likely that GT6 will land on PS3 will be a waste of an opportunity to make a big splash with increased grids and new courses, full day night for plethora of 24HR races on possibly different courses(Spa, Nurb, Le Mans, Bathurst, etc.) I can wait for the next system as PS3 can barely deal with 16 cars in wet weather without getting choppy as hell.

      I am willing to bet that Sony wouldn’t dare to waste the biggest selling franchise on PS on an outgoing system, watch at see GT6 land within the launch window of PS4 complete with FH free roam minus the cheese, and no standard cars either, lol. Till then enjoy GT5 because it is probably only going to be supported by DLC. It’s only common sense to not release a GT game so late into this cycle with PS4(Orbis) rumored to be in dev hands already, final dev kits to be given out early next year. PD would rather continue working on GT6 whilst only releaseing DLC of cars that will already be scanned and prepared for GT6 but will work with GT5 as well. They did say that they went back to the drawing board with information collection and took them at the highest level they can and only downgraded it to work within the constraints of PS3 and it’s bottlenecks of RAM and Bandwidth.

  6. Oct. 30, 5:36pm

    Snoop will do literally anything for a buck, he just did a stunt with Tekken as well, i guess these Japanese companies think he has some sort of relevance or pulling power in 2012 LOL

    • Oct. 30, 5:55pm
      RB26 2jz

      Wait I like your username, NA1 or NA2 and you best not be lyin boy

  7. Oct. 30, 5:32pm

    Cool so nothing related to GT5/6 or the franchise. Just Snoop hosting an event that Kaz is judging a car for a GT award. The only link to GT.
    Nice to see he’s still pimping and not surprised as he likes his custom cars (he has many, Just like Shaq does)

    • Oct. 30, 5:53pm
      RB26 2jz

      The award winning car will be in gt6

  8. Oct. 30, 4:23pm

    WOW i hope its something original like a GT-R with snoop dogg or snoop lion on the side ,man that would be the most coolest thing ever ,can you even imagine it ,a nissan GT-R painted in royal blue with gold lettering with snoop dogg ,it would be so fresh and different ,it would be so cool to have a garage of a 1000 cars and 100 GT-R ……..maybe the next game should be called NISSAN GT-R and you could sell other non nissan cars as DLC for a change

    • Oct. 30, 6:14pm

      Haha, yeah. As if the many of us didn’t dislike the GT-R

  9. Oct. 30, 2:19pm

    Remember, he was already involved with Gran Turismo before. Dogg’s Turismo anyone?

    • Nov. 2, 1:20am

      They’re too young to remember GT3, can’t you tell by how ridiculous the comments actually are? Always something to complain about that will never change. Snoop was most likely asked to do that show, it’s not like celebrities are like some of you who think that to get this he had to beg someone, that is only for someone who thinks less of themselves…and by these people saying things like that I assume this is how they feel on the inside. Misery loves company, is that how the saying goes?

      I don’t like Snoop at all, but honestly hate and all the dumb comments make me want to point out the simple faults with the complainers and haters. Just like bullies, it’s always some inferiority complex that drives them.

  10. Oct. 30, 1:59pm
    Pompey Paul

    I think we should get the cars for free

  11. Oct. 30, 1:53pm

    Excellent decision PD.. cause Snoop Dog is an OUTSTANDING role model !!! “warning: sarcasm involved”

    • Oct. 30, 2:47pm

      Yeah because SEMA is full of 10 year old kids who are too young to listen to Snoop Dogg *warning: sarcasm involved*

    • Oct. 30, 6:17pm

      Nah, SEMA full of old people who are pass their prime. Such as K.Y for example. “Warning: sarcasm not involved”

  12. Oct. 30, 12:53pm

    Great, high performance racing/driving go hand in hand with a major self-professed pot head…that’s just great. Remember kiddies, don’t be rollin down the street, smokin ENDO, sippin on gin and juice…

    • Nov. 1, 9:36am
      SZRT Ice

      Laid back… ; )

    • Nov. 3, 11:28am

      With my mind on my money and my money on my mind.

  13. Oct. 30, 12:23pm

    I dont care about snoop dog!!! I do care about how Gran Turismos online service is broken and so should you !!!!! FIX THE BROKEN ONLINE SERVICE. I cant play online because mty screen keeps turning black. !! FIX IT PD

    • Oct. 30, 10:27pm

      Then whats the point of complaining on a news page where the Online service isn’t the subject instead of actually doing it elsewhere, like on the forums for instance?

    • Nov. 2, 4:20am

      The online racing is what this video game is all about… not some rapper. That is the point. If you dont care about Gran Turismo`s broken online and dont think its worth mentioning you can`t be a fan of this game.

  14. Oct. 30, 11:54am

    I hope a 2.2l Camry wins.

  15. Oct. 30, 9:35am

    So no new DLC then? Oi!!!!

    • Oct. 30, 11:32am

      Oh gawd here we go with the DLC band-wagon again …

  16. Oct. 30, 9:18am

    thought he was snoop lion now? did that not work out as planned or what?

  17. Oct. 30, 8:10am

    This is as relevant as a half ton four by four to in a Grand touring game.

  18. Oct. 30, 6:28am


    • Oct. 30, 3:32pm

      My nizzle

  19. Oct. 29, 9:20pm
    SZRT Ice

    I hate how biased GT fans can be. It’s the exact reason GT never steps outside the mother lovin’ box, and we continue to get the same, mute, overused, and recycled $#¡+…

    • Oct. 30, 7:19am

      If you’re getting pissed just because some don’t like Snoopy, than you really need to change your priorities.

    • Oct. 30, 9:41am

      I’m a huge hip-hop head but never really liked Snoop. He seems cool as a person but his music just never got to me. But I’m not complaining nor am I surprised b/c he’s been into games for as long as I can remember. He was a main character in Def Jam: Fight for NY (hard as f***), made a song for Need for speed underground 2 and GT3 and the list goes on so it’s whatever.

  20. Oct. 29, 8:43pm
    e30 freek

    Please read the article you blithering idiots Snoop doesnt have anything to do with GT6 or with picking the winning car

  21. Oct. 29, 8:10pm

    …this is a whole new low for PD.

    • Oct. 29, 8:19pm

      Please explain how a rapper who’s only performing and not part of the judging is “a new low” for PD.

    • Oct. 29, 9:13pm
      SZRT Ice

      Discriminative @$$ GTPlanet posts. What’s new… : /

    • Oct. 29, 9:18pm

      You know snoop made a song for GT3 right?

  22. Oct. 29, 7:42pm

    How can he host this?! He gets really high almost every day! He’d probably choose a burger van or something!!

    • Oct. 30, 10:44am
      Pit Crew

      I guess you know that for sure because you get high with him…

  23. Oct. 29, 7:06pm

    snoop doggy dogg, you gotta get a jobby job.

    • Oct. 30, 5:27pm

      err no. he invited the guy who grew the worlds biggest turnip to his house so he could talk about “growing” not joking. Check it out on google if you think i’m wrong. and I am against drugs.

    • Oct. 30, 9:46pm

      ZedMan clearly hasn’t seen the video for Gin and Juice.

  24. Oct. 29, 6:15pm

    This reminds me for some reason,I WANT A LINCOLN CONTNENTAL, 60’s and 70’s,forza 4 has one :(

  25. Oct. 29, 6:06pm

    if anyone remembers the rap he made for GT3. He should do that again for another Gran turismo!

    • Oct. 29, 7:09pm


    • Oct. 29, 8:17pm

      snoop has the respect to do music for this franchise

    • Oct. 30, 1:15pm


    • Oct. 30, 1:19pm

      No point in saying no when you can just turn that song off in the options/music menu.

  26. Oct. 29, 5:23pm

    Oh yeah snoopy back in the hood ^^

  27. Oct. 29, 5:10pm

    wow i was not expecting to see anything regarding snoop dog (or lion lol) im still a fan of snoop dog but im just kind of pleasantly suprised lol

    • Oct. 30, 10:50am
      Pit Crew

      Had your Full serving of “Haterade”. Snoops been mad active doing mainstream product promos for a while now. I guess because of his “Thug” reputation, which got him paid in full for the last 15plus years is a point of contention for the entitled crowd.

    • Oct. 30, 10:51am
      Pit Crew

      oops posted to wrong OP

  28. Oct. 29, 4:41pm

    Have they done all the past winners from SEMA yet?

    Wasn’t last years winner an old Camaro or something?

    • Oct. 30, 9:42am

      Saving it for GT6 I guess

  29. Oct. 29, 3:35pm

    Lol, it’s Snoop Lion

  30. Oct. 29, 3:34pm

    I still don’t know why PD just put all most of the SEMA cars in the next game.

    Then again, it’ll probably take a few more years.

  31. Oct. 29, 3:22pm

    Off topic but Snoop is a big gamer in fact he is on the cover of FIFA 13′. Go figure

    • Oct. 29, 6:58pm

      Correction he’s not on the cover but he was a major part of the US luanch of the title, to include apparence on every major sports program.

  32. Oct. 29, 2:44pm

    How did he get chosen for this?

    • Oct. 29, 3:18pm

      He wrote a song for GT3 10 years ago

  33. Oct. 29, 2:29pm

    Wow, this was completelly unnexpected, and ya’ll were saying that PD didn’t knew how to give surprices.

  34. Oct. 29, 2:12pm

    Here’s to hoping that he performs “Dogg’s Turismo 3” from the GT3 soundtrack.

    Yes folks, Snoop Dogg did a song for the Gran Turismo 3 soundtrack.

    • Oct. 29, 2:33pm

      Different game, but the principle applies, Snoop Dogg feat. The Doors – Riders on the Storm…

    • Oct. 29, 4:34pm

      From NFS underground 2 right ?

    • Oct. 29, 7:10pm

      Yes, NFSU2. Now that’s something that should be GT menu music.

    • Oct. 29, 8:22pm

      Well, it would be for sure different then usual GT menu music. lol I still play NFSU2 & I like it. I kind of fit right in with tuner cars & stuff. I have a tuned scion xB with loud exhaust & many other things. I’m sorry I kind of got off the subject but I wanted to say that.

    • Oct. 30, 7:52am

      Yup, NFS:U2, loved that game…

    • Oct. 30, 8:40am

      Yea. So much fun. I play it with my G27 wheel

  35. Oct. 29, 2:07pm

    I’ve just gotta say how cool aint that lol Im a big fan and I’ve been one for ages.. Both the ”Lion” (lol when did this happen xD ) and GT. This is awesome!

    • Oct. 29, 3:01pm

      reagge roul the world
      vybz kartel

  36. Oct. 29, 1:36pm

    Micheal shumacher was busy so they got snoop in?

    • Oct. 29, 10:17pm

      Michael Schumacher doesn’t rap.

  37. Oct. 29, 1:34pm
    e30 freek

    They should have a tupac holagram along with biggie :)

  38. Oct. 29, 1:11pm

    I never thought I would the Snoop Dogg on the front page of GTP!

  39. Oct. 29, 12:35pm

    lol Sweeet. Is there some place I can watch this live?

  40. Oct. 29, 12:34pm

    Snoop Lion? Seriously!? LOL

    • Oct. 29, 1:45pm
      Pit Crew

      Yeah…Seriously, Snoop has turned his musical ambitions towards Reggae music. Why is that funny?

    • Oct. 29, 4:31pm

      It’s funny because Reggae just doesn’t suit his character.

    • Oct. 29, 11:00pm
      Pit Crew

      And what do you know about his character or his musical preferences, other than the music and exploits of the Ninties he was involved in. I guess he cant evolve like others can.

    • Oct. 30, 7:10am

      No need to get defensive.

  41. Oct. 29, 12:23pm

    I love Snoop even more now since he loves GT so much!

    • Oct. 29, 1:20pm

      You never notice that he has made a song for GT3. Snoop Lion has been a GT fan since then.

    • Oct. 29, 1:35pm

      I have that on my phone lol but, I didn’t realise quite how big of a fan of GT he is. :)

  42. Oct. 29, 12:09pm

    please no new SEMA cars its so useless.

    • Oct. 29, 12:32pm

      This is one of the most ridiculous things I have ever heard.

    • Oct. 29, 1:36pm
      e30 freek

      How many sema cars do we have karelpipa?

    • Oct. 29, 7:12pm

      Have you driven the AEM S2000? Perfection in a perfect package.

    • Oct. 29, 8:08pm

      lol, you’re telling PD not to include SEMA cars from the very show where the GT awards are held, which is at SEMA. Your logic utterly fails.

  43. Oct. 29, 11:34am

    so the winner will be an escalade, navigator or hummer with 30″ rims, neon lights, gold trim with a bar and sound sound system in the back?

    • Oct. 29, 12:24pm

      No it won’t because Snoop doesn’t choose the winner.

    • Oct. 29, 12:37pm

      Nice NFS:U2 reference Sam.

    • Oct. 29, 1:19pm

      i was joking JAHHAJ lol and i wouldnt have noticed til you said that g0ld lol i add fuzzy dice dnt think nfsu2 had that?

    • Oct. 29, 1:36pm

      Oh ok lol didn’t realise it was a joke my bad.

    • Oct. 29, 1:47pm
      Pit Crew

      Stereotyping, why am I not surprised?

    • Oct. 29, 1:47pm

      lol dont worry i wana drift off against snoop dog lol i hope hes atleast plays the game

    • Oct. 29, 1:52pm
      Pit Crew

      Snoops not entering a car, just headlining the event.

      Always gotta be 1 in the crowd.

    • Oct. 29, 4:34pm

      Yep, the winner will be a true rider on the storm. :tup:

  44. Oct. 29, 11:18am

    That’s dope! Dogg’s gonna getcha… Dogg Dogg’s gonna getcha…

  45. Oct. 29, 11:16am

    Any bets that the winner will be based on a car already in the game? :D

    • Oct. 29, 5:14pm

      Ah, but are the previous winners based on cars already in the game, or were the base models included because a custom version of them won?

    • Oct. 29, 6:29pm

      You won’t even get odds on that!

      We haven’t got the last couple of winners have we?

  46. Oct. 29, 11:10am
    HKS racer

    Snoop Dog??? WTF

    Now I now why they lost their mind with GT5.

    Way too much weed PD.

    • Oct. 29, 11:28am

      Funny how you said absolutely nothing when it was Rapper Ludacris headlining the show years ago. Besides, all Snoop Dogg is doing is performing and right about now, he’s actually marketable (Look up Fifa and Tekken Tag Tournament 2).

    • Oct. 29, 11:41am

      Weed’s, like, ultra-illegal in Japan.

    • Oct. 29, 12:09pm

      snoop dogg did 1 song specially for GT3 Aspec

    • Oct. 29, 2:20pm
      HKS racer

      Makes absolutely zero sense to me. GT is the no visual tuning simulator. Kaz and Pd choose the nerd side of things, key cars, lot of boring road cars, no liveries, museum cards, I don’t like it but, their choice.

      Ludacris was present in Fast&foorious2, F&F means tuning expecially visual tuning. Visual tuning = Forza Motorsport
      People like Snoop Dogg or Ludacris should be related to Forza not Gran Turismo.

    • Oct. 29, 3:01pm

      @HKS racer You’re taking this a bit too seriously man.

    • Oct. 29, 4:29pm
      Mac K

      Can you go one day without posting obnoxious comments?

    • Oct. 29, 8:16pm

      “People like Snoop Dogg or Ludacris should be related to Forza not Gran Turismo.”

      And you’re the one saying “Too much weed”. Elitist much? You are making a big deal about a rapper (likely not even chosen by PD) whos only performing at the awards and just so happen to have the sole involvement of providing a song specifically for GT3 when he’s not even part of the judging or the game itself. Also, you can cut out the lame excuse about “This belongs in Forza”.

  47. Oct. 29, 11:09am

    So what?

  48. Oct. 29, 11:07am
    Mac K

    Da da da da da its the mother truckin d oh dubba g.

    • Oct. 29, 1:50pm
      e30 freek

      D o double g

  49. Oct. 29, 11:06am

    I can almost guarantee it’s going to be a 64′ impala. Fir shizzle

    • Oct. 29, 12:57pm

      I would love a 64′ Impala in GT…
      Bring on the cars…!!!
      The more the merrier…!!!

  50. Oct. 29, 11:01am

    Is he going to make another one off single for Gran Turismo like what he did for Tekken?

  51. Oct. 29, 10:58am

    Izzle kizzle, fo’ schizzle
    My nizzle, what you sizzle?
    Fo’ schizzle bizzle

  52. Oct. 29, 10:54am

    LOL. WTF?! LOL.

  53. Oct. 29, 10:48am

    I don’t care who you are. Snoop Dogg is the ****. :D

    Obviously there are “better” musicians out there, but so what.

    GT Academy is on the first, don’t forget.

    • Oct. 29, 11:03am


  54. Oct. 29, 10:46am

    That’s what they can get now?? GT-series is in deep trouble.

  55. Oct. 29, 10:44am

    Snoop Dogg? Yeah, ok, it will make the awards a bit more interesting.

    Snoop Lion? Get a grip of yourself.

    : )

  56. Oct. 29, 10:43am

    Why Snoop Lion?
    And I hope a “Best Truck or SUV” wins this time.

  57. Oct. 29, 10:42am

    Snoop dog is a great artist! :) but I dont care about him in GT events! I wish GT6 to come out sooner, to test out those new cars and everything PD has to offer… cant wait!

  58. Oct. 29, 10:38am

    He does alot of video games so it makes sense.. i rather him than xzibit

  59. Oct. 29, 10:35am

    Why Snoop Dogg? Is it something to do with his Gran Turismo 3 rap?

    • Oct. 29, 10:56am

      That’s the only reason I can come up with.

    • Oct. 29, 11:42am

      “Besides, all Snoop Dogg is doing is performing and right about now, he’s actually marketable (Look up Fifa and Tekken Tag Tournament 2).”

  60. Oct. 29, 10:34am

    Snoop Lion O.o

    • Oct. 29, 11:51am

      It’s his name now that he’s a reggae artist.

    • Oct. 29, 12:09pm

      Yeah he has turned Rastafarian (Dunno how to spell it) and is now convinced he is a reincarnation of Bob Marley… You heard me.

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