BET has announced the nominees for its seventh annual Hip-Hop Awards, and Kanye West leads the pack with 16 nods. The rapper had a big year as a producer, performer and director, not to mention his Watch the Throne album with Jay-Z and the collaborations with his G.O.O.D. Music collective. West is nominated in the categories of Best Hip-Hop Video, Best Live Performer, Lyricist of the Year, Producer of the Year, MVP of the Year, Track of the Year, CD of the Year and many more. The other biggest nominees include 2 Chainz with 10 nods, and Drake with eight.
The ceremony will be taped on September 29 at Atlanta's Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center and it will air on BET on October 9. Actor and comedian Mike Epps will return as host, but the network has not yet announced any of the performers. Additionally, Hip-hop mogul Chris Lighty, who died earlier this month, will be honored during the show.
Here are the nominees in just a few of the categories for the 2012 BET Hip-Hop Awards:
Track of the Year “Cashin’ Out” (Ca$h Out) “I’ma Boss” (Meek Mill f/ Rick Ross) “N***as In Paris” (The Throne) “No Lie” (2 Chainz f/ Drake) “The Motto” (Drake f/ Lil’ Wayne x Tyga)
CD of the Year The Dreamer, The Believer (Common) Take Care (Drake) Cole World: The Sideline Story (J. Cole) Watch The Throne (Jay-Z x Kanye West) TM 103: Hustlerz Ambition (Young Jeezy)
Impact Track “Around My Way (Freedom Ain’t Free)” (Lupe Fiasco) “Bitch Bad” (Lupe Fiasco) “Daughters” (Nas) “Murder To Excellence” (The Throne)
Best Hip-Hop Video 2 Chainz f/ Drake – “No Lie” A$AP Rocky – “Goldie” Drake f/ Lil’ Wayne – “HYFR” Wale f/ Miguel – “Lotus Flower Bomb” Kanye West, 2 Chainz, Big Sean x Pusha T – “Mercy”
Rookie of the Year 2 Chainz A$AP Rocky Ca$h Out Future Meek Mill