Drake has been on a hot streak in 2014, and his big year continues with the 2014 BET Hip-Hop Awards. Drake leads the pack with eight nominations for Best Hip-Hop Video, Best Live Performer, Lyricist of the Year, MVP of the Year, Album of the Year, Hustler of the Year, Sweet 16: Best Featured Verse, and the coveted People's Champ Award. Jay Z, Future and Pharrell Williams each received six nods; while Nicki Minaj, Rich Homie Quan and YG garnered five nods each. Returning is the I Am Hip Hop Award, recognizing an individual who has made a profound imprint on Rap music and culture throughout the years. The confirmed performers for the show will be announced in the coming weeks.
Meanwhile, Snoop Dogg has signed on to host the show again this year. "I'm looking forward to returning to host the BET Hip Hop Awards after the success of last year's show," said Uncle Snoop in a statement. "This year we are coming back with a bigger and better show, packed with surprises for everyone. You don't want to miss it, ya hear me?"
The awards will be taped on Saturday, September 20 at the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center in Atlanta, GA for the ninth year running, and will premiere on Tuesday, October 14 at 8 p.m. ET.
Here are the nominees in some of the key categories:
Album of the Year Drake – Nothing Was The Same Eminem – The Marshall Mathers LP 2 Future – Honest Rick Ross – Mastermind ScHoolboy Q – Oxymoron Yo Gotti – I Am
Best Collabo, Duo or Group Eminem f/ Rihanna – “The Monster” Future f/ Pharrell, Pusha T & Casino – “Move That Doh” JAY Z f/ Justin Timberlake – “Holy Grail” ScHoolboy Q f/ BJ The Chicago Kid – “Studio” YG f/ Jeezy & Rich Homie Quan – “My Hitta”
Best Live Performer Drake JAY Z Kanye West Kendrick Lamar T.I.
Lyricist of the Year Drake Eminem J. Cole JAY Z Kendrick Lamar Nicki Minaj
Best Hip Hop Video Drake – “Worst Behavior” Future f/ Pharrell, Pusha T & Casino – “Move That Doh” Iggy Azalea f/ Charli XCX – “Fancy” J. Cole f/ TLC – “Crooked Smile” Nicki Minaj – “Pills N Potions” Wiz Khalifa – “We Dem Boyz”