Kanye West Leads BET Hip Hop Awards Noms

Kanye West has earned the most nominations at this year’s BET Hip Hop Awards, racking up an impressive nine nods.

Among the categories the The Louis Vuitton Don is vying for are: Best Live Performer, Lyricist of the Year, Producer of the Year, and People’s Champ (Viewer’s Choice).

Jay-Z and Lil Wayne are close behind Ye with seven nominations each and T.I. was able to garner six nods.

Toronto necomer Drake was nominated for both Rookie of the Year and Lyricist of the Year awards alonside veterans Eminem, Jay, Weezy and West. These two nominations signify the type of unbelievable year the phenom has had and comes at a time when the retail version of his widely circulated, critically-acclaimed mixtape So Far Gone is projected to reach 55-60k in sales in it’s first week.

Also during the show, veteran West Coast rapper Ice Cube, who is rumored to be working on a documentary for ESPN about the L.A. Raiders, will be honored with the “I AM HIP-HOP” Icon Award for his role in pioneering the West Coast rap movement in the late 80’s. Cube will join previous recipients of the award Russell Simmons, Grandmaster Flash and KRS-One in this honor.

The late DJ AM will be recognized during the ceremony as he has been posthumously nominated for DJ of the Year.

The show, which airs Tuesday, Oct. 27 at 8 p.m., will be hosted by comedian Mike Epps.

For a full list of the nominees and categories for the 2009 BET Hip-Hop Awards visit BET.com. -Brooklyne Gipson

  • http://Pierzy11@gmail.com Pierzy

    Let the “Taylor-Swift-Crashing-His-Acceptance-Speech” jokes begin…

    • Silly Chilly Willy

      Actually if a very angry Shaquille O’Neal crash his acceptance, yelling “Raekwon is one of the best people’s champ of all time ! of all time!” and keeps the mic to himself waiting for Kanye to try to get it back, that would be fine by me…

      • http://j-mace.deviantart.com Shawty J

        That would be hilarious!

  • og bobby j

    kanye as lyricist of the year…

    i still am confused as to what people are listening to nowadays……

    this dude might be the worst rapper out…rapper being the key word. I dont deny his talent…but far from a prolific lyricist.

    I guess im alone in thinking wayne, drake, kanye are for 16 yr old skateboard bitches and black dudes with fat white girl friends.

    I will go back to my sticky and slaughterhouse…

    • Mobuck$

      nigga my white girls go hard … I aint bumpin kanye nigga im crankin slaughterhouse and beans son..

  • og bobby j

    **breaking News**

    Kayne west just interupted the patrick swayze funeral and said “i love you pat, but michael jackson had one of the greatest deaths of all time…greatest of all time. im just saying”

    • spencerworth34

      that joke has already been used my friend

    • 123

      I think it probably would have been funny if you actually had the correct words and if the picture hasn’t been circulating since the day of his death..

      Just sayin’..

  • http://tonygrands.blogspot.com Tony Grands

    Good looks, P!

    BET awards show committee, take notes:

    *Beware of Lil Mama. She may be disguised as Bow Wow, you know, no make-up, & think since this is Black TV she can third-wheel her way on stage with her boyish charm. Have tazers ready.

    *Jimmy Carter may be in attendance, just to make show folks don’t get out of line. If you seem him, do not be alarmed; he’s kind of on our side.

    *Kanye must not be allowed to have any liquor. Substitute his Hennessey with apple juice & bum’s piss. He’ll most likely not know the difference anyway.

    *Michael Jackson’s been dead for awhile now. Let it go. & Obama has better things to do, so leave him alone as well.

    To be continued…

  • norcal

    EM will win lyricist,and album of the year, why isnt DR.DRE producer of the year,the relapse album was sick front 2 back, people champ award know there r just making up shit so he stops crying

  • latino heat

    if Kanye is getting 9 nominations for that 808′s bullshit somebody needs to be fired at BET. that shit deserved the “Go Back To The Lab” award.

  • http://-- gaddic

    ye is nominated for a best lyricist title
    Drake also?

    Are none of these cats even a light century close to Em’s lyrical skills?
    BET is supposed to be a black music celebratory show and they are supporting these cats music as LYRICSM
    No wonder rap is dieing even SOME OF US BLACKS don’t even know about their own music
    SHIT if the noms were up to the white music critics
    SHouse Em Raekwon and Jay-z would lead the pack!
    AND ALL OF THESE ACTUALLY CATS DESERVE IT!

  • AZ40

    B.E.T is full of shit

  • Brooklyn

    1st, why is dj am being honored for dj of the year award? it ain’t like he was a jam master jay type dj or an eric b type dj, he’s a dj like lindsey lohan’s girlfriend is a dj. what, is that bitch taking the award next year? 2nd, i’m not too surprised at the ridiculousness of these nominations, this is bet we’re talking about. they don’t judge artists based on skill, they judge them based on how big their adolescent fanbase is. you got 12-18 year olds who, along with kanye himself, think that he’s christ or something, so he stays popular at bet. and drake, well niggas have been riding his dick ever since he hopped across the northern border and began to saturate us with canadian mediocrity. bet’s award shows are irrelevant now, anyway, they don’t play music no more. they’re too busy giving shitty ass reality shows to washed up r&b singers with children for rappers, an ex-crackhead who happened to birth an r&b singer, and reruns of mediocre black tv shows. there’s a reason why “the game” wasn’t brought back this season, it sucks balls.

  • General

    Good look from B.E.T. on honoring Ice Cube, who I believe should get more recognition in this game…

  • Brooklyn

    i’m not too surprised at the nominations, bet doesn’t nominate artists based on their skill they nominate them based on their adolescent and/or ignorant fan base. unfortunately, teenagers and ignent niggas (kanye included) think that he’s the reincarnation of christ, so he stays popular at bet. and drake, well niggas have been dick riding him ever since he hopped across the northern border and began to saturate us with his canadian mediocrity. bet hip-hop awards don’t mean shit anyway, they don’t even play hip-hop anymore. they’re too busy giving washed up r&b singers and former crackheads tv shows.

  • kevin

    @ Brooklyn, do you have ANY idea how HUGE DJ AM was? We’re not talking about DJ WHOO KID blah blah bullshit, nor are we talking about DJ SCREAM HEAVY IN DUH SKREETZ DUMPSTER TRAPPIN. You’re right, he’s not jam master jay, he’s DJ AM. Without even knowing much more, It’s pretty childish of you to even have a problem with somebody posthumously being honored.

    • Brooklyn

      what i was saying is, dj am wasn’t a hip-hop dj, so why is he being honored at a hip-hop award show? if it was the regular bet awards, that was fine, but a hip-hop awards show should be relegated to hip hop artists. i understand that he was a popular party dj, but he wasn’t making any hip-hop albums and putting them out, he wasn’t scratching for any hip-hop artists, he was just spinning records for parties. if they wanted to give their condolences, that’s fine. but to nominate him for an award is a little too much. and furthermore, you know just as well as i do that if dude was alive they wouldn’t give two shits about him. when have you ever heard dj am and bet in the same sentence before today? if anyone should have nominated him for an award it should be mtv, he was more into rock and pop than hip-hop.

      • Mr. North

        Co-sign Brooklyn. No one who watches BET has ever heard or listened to DJ AM besides his affiliation with Nicole Richie (period). So….

      • Brooklyn B

        EXACTLY!!!!!!!!!!!

        when the hell did u see DJ am at the bet awards spinning.
        the MF’er learned how to DJ from black people but that supposed to mean what???

        when u have DJ’s who havent been honored like MR cee, Ron G and Kid capri
        then why the fuck are we honoring DJ am? cause he killed himself??? wtf!???

  • $ykotic/Don McCaine

    1. I haven’t watched BET since Joe Clair, Tigga, AJ & Free left.

    2. Why the f*** is DJ AM getting a nomination?

    3. If #2 applies, WHY CAN’T BAATIN & SLUM VILLAGE GET A NOMINATION???

    • Silly Chilly Willy

      What up, $yk ?

      Good look on Baatin.

      And since it’s S’POSED to be BLACK Entertainment Television Awards, from time to time I could give some non-black a pass (Eminem, for example) because they represent the core of a music closely related to black culture (i.e hiphop is not only for blacks, but you know the story), but you can’t hand that shit to anyone remotely related to black culture. I mean, I respect the deaad and whatnot, but this ain’t a hiphop awards, it’s a black music awards. So how come not Baatin but DJ PM ?

      J7M

      • Silly Chilly Willy

        Before anyone freak out about it, yes it’s not BET Awards it’s BET HipHop Awards, but I sticking to my point because it’s the freakin B….ET.

      • Silly Chilly Willy

        Before anyone freak out about it, yes it’s not BET Awards it’s BET HipHop Awards, but I’m sticking to my point because it’s the freakin B….ET.

      • $ykotic/Don McCaine

        I didn’t see MTV.

        @ Chilly/Brooklyn

        Did they shout out AM? Curious…

        J7M

        • Brooklyn

          i don’t know, i didn’t see the vmas either, just all the footage on the internet, but if they didn’t that would be fucked up considering that he was doing a show for mtv when he died.

        • $ykotic/Don McCaine

          My point from the jump.

          If tribute is due, then acknowledge others as well, some even with more impact than said person within the industry that you are “awarding”.

          Maybe he was cool people like that behind the scenes. But it’s a weird move.

  • http://callmephlip.blogspot.com/ Phlip

    This is me hoping he tries to pull that shit on someone who is actually a threat and getting his fucking face chipped on stage.

    … which he won’t.

  • Gkid12345

    No point in watching the bet awards, same artists being nominated every year. Its the same horrible show every single freaking year

  • geico lizard

    VMA’s did shoutout DJ AM on the bigscreen and Kid Cudi said he loved him and missed him. After that Cudi did his verse of “Make Her Say”. He also said DJ AM was one of his biggest supporters.

    Ill watch this if Kanye performs and Jay z doesnt perform. Mike Epps and Cube reunion will be good. They need to bring out Chris Tucker and Nia Long to present Cube the award.

    • $ykotic/Don McCaine

      Good looking. Like I said I didn’t know.

      Still should acknowledge Baatin. Y’all let me know.

  • http://j-mace.deviantart.com Shawty J

    I’m a little confused about that lyricist of the year nod, the last album he released was 808s & Heartbreak and that wasn’t exactly “lyrical”. Sure he’s had a handful of guest appearances where he rapped, but I don’t think that qualifies him for that award.

    Eminem or Wayne is probably taking that award anyway.

  • brand-new

    these award shows are so dumb anymore. i’d rather watch or hear about the justo mixtape awards to be honest. r.i.p. justo

  • Don Dutch

    LIL WAYNE?DRAKE?KANYE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!???????????????? IN THE SAME CATEGORY WITH EMINEM ABOUT LYRICIST OF THE YEAR? IF EMINEM DON’T WIN IMA SAY FUCK HIP-HOP BACAUSE COMPARIN THOES THREE TO EMINEM’S LYRICS IS NO COMPETITION.EM MAKES THEM SOUND LIKE THE CAT IN THE HAT BOOK.LOL AND THAT PERSON WHO SAID DR.DRE SHOULD HAVE BEEN ON THE LIST FOR BEST PRODUCER OF THE YEAR IS RIGHT,THE RELAPSE ALBUM BANG FRONT TO BACK,DRE DID HIS THANG ON THAT ALBUM TOO.

  • SOFAKING

    Yo Kayne!! Im real happy for you, imma let you finish but Lil Wayne was the HOTTEST RAPPER OF THE YEAR!!! “Im Just Saying”

  • won1

    i say at least half the BET budget go to stage security and put a roving wiretap on lil’ mama’s lipgloss!!!

  • G-bo

    MAN THIS SOM OLBULSHIT!!!! KANYE NOMINAMTEDE FOR THAT 808 BULL SHIT, WHAT THE FUCK IS UP WITH KANYE AND THESE AWARD SHOWS? HOW THE FUCK DID HE GET THE NOMS, ARE THEY SCARED THAT HE GON INTERUPT EM WHEN HE COLLECTING HIS AWARD! MAN FUCK THESE AWARDS!!! THA BOONDOCKS SHOWED THE TRUTH!!! BET IS KILIN HIP HOP!

  • Tumi

    Wow 808 and Heartbreak indeed. How de FUCK did kanye get de nominations? Lol i won’t be watchin dis Shit.

  • abdulnasir

    Ur hating ass niggaz. lol! i feel ya tony grand (no homo). If Em’s “Relapse” is not nominated in the best album category, fuck this shit!

  • Tumi

    Even XXL are always on Kanye’s nuts. they gave 808 & bullShit a XL like wtf, is dt garbage one rating away from a classic. Coldest Winter got a XXL on critical breakdown song by song, come on now

  • DownSouth

    I don’t see how Ye got some many hip hop noms when 808′s was clearly not a hip hop album. I’m not hating cuz I do like Kanye (when he raps)

    As far as LOTY, err one knows Em should win. But if Wayne can win over Nas, then they might as well give it to Soulja Boy.

    DOWN SOUTH!!!