Hip hop doesn't appeal to a mass audience, and in many cases would probably turn viewers away. That's why you'll never see those kinds of acts on AI.
AGREED! but i started this thread just to see if anyone would defend hip-hop and would like to see it on AI, guess not. which is odd because hip-hop has become a large portion of t-40 radio and it sells alot of music out there, and its been around a long time, YET it is not accepted as music, let alone close to main-stream. rock & roll in the early days of the 50's was accepted more, look at the appearances of Elvis on ed sullivan's show and other rock & roll artists quickly hit mainstream tv shows in the 50's from "The tommy & jimmy dorsey's show" to buddy holly on "arthur murray's dance party"... not sure WHO likes hip-hop but it's NOT close to being accepted as family entertainment after nearly 30 years, and if it were it would be on a show like AI.