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BET ‘Hip Hop Awards’ Recap + Winners

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

The BET “Hip Hop Awards” aired Tuesday night and Kendrick Lamar and DJ Khaled came out on top as the night’s biggest winners despite Drake having the most nominations. The event was taped two weeks ago at the show’s new home—The Cobb Energy Centre in Atlanta, GA.

Both Lamar and Khaled tied with three wins each; DJ Khaled wins “DJ of the Year”, “MVP of the Year”, and undoubtedly the “Hustler of the Year” award; Kendrick Lamar wins “Lyricist of the Year”, “Best Live Performer, and “Sweet 16: Best Featured Verse” for his verse in Beyoncé’s  “Freedom”.

Chance The Rapper picked up two awards including “Best New Hip-Hop Artist” and “Best Mixtape”. Drake also won two awards including “Album of the Year” and “Best Hip-Hop Video” for “Hotline Bling”. And Travis Scott is crowned with the “People’s Champ Award”. Music icon Snoop Dogg was presented with the coveted “I Am Hip Hop Award” from fellow West Coast rapper, Kendrick Lamar. 

Stand out performances included T.I.’s moving and politically charged song “We Will Not”; Gucci Mane made his return to the big stage with Travis Scott, Young Thug and Quavo. O.T. Genasis kept the high energy going with his performance and Brooklyn’s own Young M.A. brought the crowd to their feet with “Ooouuu”.

LeCrae and Big K.R.I.T. performed “Power of Rap” freestyles that were passionate and thought-provoking. Other “must see” performances included Lil Uzi Vert, Lil Yachty, 21 Savage, Big Baby D.R.A.M., Dae Dae and Isaiah Rashad.

Check out the complete list of winners below:

Best Hip-Hop Video

Drake – “Hotline Bling”

Best Collabo, Duo or Group

Fat Joe & Remy Ma ft. French Montana & Infared – “All The Way Up”

Best Live Performer

Kendrick Lamar

Lyricist of the Year

Kendrick Lamar

Video Director of the Year

Director X

DJ of the Year

DJ Khaled

Producer of the Year 

Metro Boomin

MVP of the Year

DJ Khaled

Track of the Year

“All The Way Up” – Produced By Cool & Dre and Edsclusive (Fat Joe & Remy Ma ft. French Montana & Infared)

Album of the Year

Drake – “Views”

Best New Hip-Hop Artist

Chance the Rapper

Hustler of the Year

DJ Khaled

Made-You-Look Award (Best Hip-Hop Style)

Kanye West

Best Hip-Hop Online Site/ App

COMPLEX.com

Best Mixtape

Chance the Rapper – “Coloring Book”

Sweet 16: Best Featured Verse

Kendrick Lamar – “Freedom” (Beyoncé ft. Kendrick Lamar)

Impact Track

J. Cole – “Love Yourz”

People’s Champ Award

Travis Scott – “Antidote”

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Snoop Dogg to receive BET’s ‘I AM HIP HOP’ Award + T.I. & Gucci Mane to perform

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Congrats to Snoop Dogg! The legendary rapper, actor and reality star will be honored at this year’s BET “Hip Hop Awards” ceremony with the coveted I AM HIP HOP Award.  The network announced on Tuesday that Snoop would be recognized for his 20 years in the industry and for setting trends and paving the way for both new and established artists.

In addition to Snoop’s salute, the show will feature hot new performances by the “King of the South” T.I. as well as Gucci Mane, Travis Scott, Young Thug and Desiigner. Additional performers include Lil Uzi Vert, Lil Yachty, 21 Savage, Dae Dae, Big Baby D.R.A.M. and Isaiah Rashad.

Presenters for the BET “HIP HOP AWARDS” 2016 include the star of “Empire” and BET’s “The New Edition Story,” Bryshere Y. Gray and rapper and actor Shameik Moore.

The BET “Hip Hop Awards” will be night of electrifying cyphers, powerful performances and legendary tributes! This year’s show will tape on Saturday, September 17, 2016 at its new venue, The Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta, GA, and will premiere on Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. ET.

Stay tuned…

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BET Announces Nominees for 2016 Hip Hop Awards

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

BET announced the nominees for this year’s BET Hip Hop Awards and Drake dominates for the third year in a row. The Canadian-born rapper received 14 impressive nominations including ‘Best Live Performer,’ ‘Lyricist of the Year,’ ‘MVP of the Year,’ ‘Album of the Year,’ ‘Hustler of the Year,’ and ‘Made-You-Look Award (Best Hip-Hop Style).’

Future scores the second-most nominations with 10 nods, including ‘Best Live Performer,’ ‘MVP of the Year,’ ‘Album of the Year,’ ‘Hustler of the Year,’ ‘Made-You-Look Award (Best Hip-Hop Style),’ ‘Best Mixtape,’ and ‘Best Collabo, Duo, or Group.’

DJ Khaled follows closely with 9 nominations, including ‘DJ of the Year,’ ‘Best Hip-Hop Video,’ ‘MVP of the Year,’ ‘Track of the Year,’ ‘Album of the Year,’ ‘Hustler of the Year,’ ‘People’s Champ Award,’ and two nods for ‘Best Collabo, Duo or Group;’ and Kanye West grabs 8 nods for ‘Album of the Year,’ ‘Best Hip-Hop Video,’ ‘Best Live Performer,’ ‘Lyricist of the Year,’ ‘Video Director of the Year,’ ‘MVP of the Year,’ ‘Hustler of the Year,’ and ‘Made-You-Look Award (Best Hip-Hop Style)’ at the BET “Hip Hop Awards” 2016.

Additionally, ‘Best New Hip-Hop Artist’ Award includes newcomers Chance the Rapper, Desiigner, Bryson Tiller, Tory Lanez and Anderson .Paak.

The BET “Hip Hop Awards” 2016 will be taped on Saturday, September 17, 2016 at its new venue, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta, GA, and will premiere on Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. ET.

See the complete list of BET “HIP HOP AWARDS” ’16 Official Nominees below:

Best Hip-Hop Video

2 Chainz – Watch Out

Desiigner – Panda

DJ Khaled F/ Jay Z & Future – I Got the Keys

Drake – Hotline Bling

Fat Joe & Remy Ma F/ French Montana & Infared – All the Way Up

Kanye West F/ Rihanna – Famous

Best Collabo, Duo or Group

DJ Khaled F/ Drake – For Free

DJ Khaled F/ Jay Z & Future – I Got the Keys

Drake & Future – Jumpman

Drake F/ Wizkid & Kyla – One Dance

Fat Joe & Remy Ma F/ French Montana & Infared – All the Way Up

Best Live Performer

Drake

Future

J. Cole

Kanye West

Kendrick Lamar

Lyricist of the Year

Chance the Rapper

Drake

J. Cole

Kanye West

Kendrick Lamar

Video Director of the Year

Benny Boom

Colin Tilley

Director X

Hype Williams

Kanye West

DJ of the Year

DJ Drama

DJ Envy

DJ Esco

DJ Khaled

DJ Mustard

Producer of the Year

DJ Mustard

Dr. Dre

Metro Boomin

Mike WiLL Made-It

Pharrell Williams

MVP of the Year

DJ Khaled

Drake

Future

Kanye West

Kendrick Lamar

Track of the Year

All the Way Up – Produced By Cool & Dre and Edsclusive (Fat Joe & Remy Ma F/ French Montana & Infared)

Controlla – Produced By BOI-1DA (Drake)

Hotline Bling – Produced By Nineteen85 (Drake)

I Got the Keys – Produced By Southside (DJ Khaled F/ Jay Z & Future)

Panda – Produced By Menace (Desiigner)

Album of the Year

DJ Khaled – I Changed A Lot

Dr. Dre – Compton

Drake – Views

Fetty Wap – Fetty Wap

Future -DS2

Kanye West – The Life of Pablo

Best New Hip-Hop Artist

Anderson .Paak

Bryson Tiller

Chance the Rapper

Desiigner

Tory Lanez

Hustler of the Year

DJ Khaled

Drake

Future

Jay Z

Kanye West

Made-You-Look Award (Best Hip-Hop Style)

A$AP Rocky

Drake

Future

Kanye West

Nicki Minaj

Best Hip Hop Online Site/App

Allhiphop.Com

Complex.Com

Hotnewhiphop.Com

Worldstarhiphop.Com

XXLMag.Com

Best Mixtape

Chance the Rapper – Coloring Book

French Montana – Wave Gods (Hosted By Max B)

Future – Purple Reign

Lil Uzi Vert – Lil Uzi Vert VS. The World

Young Thug – Slime Season 3

Sweet 16: Best Featured Verse

2 Chainz – No Problem (Chance the Rapper F/ Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz)

Drake – Work (Rihanna F/ Drake)

Kendrick Lamar – Freedom (Beyoncé F/ Kendrick Lamar)

Kodak Black – Lockjaw (French Montana F/ Kodak Black)

Nicki Minaj – Down In the DM – Remix (Yo Gotti F/ Nicki Minaj)

Impact Track

J. Cole – Love Yourz

Jay Z – Spiritual

Jidenna – Long Live The Chief

Raury F/ Key – Trap Tears

Sir The Baptist F/ ChuchPeople – Raise Hell

People’s Champ Award

Desiigner – Panda

DJ Khaled F/ Drake – For Free

Fat Joe & Remy Ma F/ French Montana & Infared – All the Way Up

O.T. Genasis F/ Young Dolph – Cut It

Travis Scott – Antidote

Young Thug – Best Friend