BET Announces 2011 BET Hip-Hop Award Nominees and Host

BET Networks announced the nominees for the 2011 BET Hip-Hop Awards amid a much energized “106th & Park” audience on Wednesday, Sept. 7. The show’s hosts, Rocsi and Terrence J, were joined by hip-hop luminaries, Busta Rhymes, Big K.R.I.T, and Meek Mils, along with the returning host of the 2011 BET Hip-Hop Awards, Mike Epps. Epps will host the show for a third time.

When asked what celebs are on his radar this year to be the butt of his jokes, he says, “I want all of the viewers to send me a list of anybody that they want me to talk about.” With reality TV being as big as it is today, there will be no deficit of names to throw in the hat.

The leading contenders for this year’s BET Hip-Hop awards are: Lil Wayne, leading with a record-breaking 18 nominations, followed by Kanye West and Wiz Khalifa, tied at nine nominations each. Miami rapper, Rick Ross, received eight nods.

The 2011 BET Hip Hop Awards will return to the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlantic Civic Center in Atlanta, where it’s been held since its inception. The show will tape on Saturday, Oct. 1 with the network premiere on Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 8 p.m. (EST/PST).

This year, the BET is bringing back the Grammy Awards famed producers, Cossette Productions to handle the broadcast and the telecast will be executive produced by Stephen G. Hill, BET President, Music and Programming, along with Lynne Harris-Taylor, BET Vice President of Specials. –raychelle leblanc

Here is the full list of 2011 BET Hip-Hop Awards nominees and categories:

Best Hip-Hop Video:
Big Sean f/Chris Brown – My Last
Chris Brown f/Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes – Look At Me Now
DJ Khaled f/Drake, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne – I’m on One
Eminem f/Rihanna – Love The Way You Lie
Kanye West f/Rihanna – All Of The Lights
Reese’s Perfect Combo Award (Best Collab)
Ace Hood f/Rick Ross & Lil Wayne – Hustle Hard (Remix)
Big K.R.I.T f/Ludacris & Bun B – Country Sh*t (Remix)
Chris Brown f/Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes – Look At Me Now
DJ Khaled f/Drake, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne – I’m On One
Lupe Fiasco f/Trey Songz – Out Of My Head

Best Live Performance:

Busta Rhymes
Cee-Lo Green
Jay-Z
Lil Wayne
Kanye West

Lyricist of the Year:

Jay-Z
Lil Wayne
Nickie Minaj
Rick Ross
Kanye West

Video Director of the Year:

Gil Green
Anthony Mandler
Chris Robinson
Kanye West
Hype Williams

Producer of the Year:

J.U.S.T.I.C.E League
Kane Beatz
Lex Luger
No I.D.
Kanye West, Emile, Jeff Bhasker & Mike Dean

MVP of the Year:

Lil Wayne
Nickie Minaj
Rick Ross
Kanye West
Wiz Khalifa

Track of the Year:

“6 Foot 7” – Produced by Bangladesh (Lil Wayne f/Cory Gunz)
“Black and Yellow” – Produced by Stargate (Wiz Khalifa)
“I’m On One” – Produced by T-Minus (DJ Khaled f/Drake, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne)
“Look At Me Now” – Produced by Diplo & AfroJack (Chris Brown f/Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes)
“My Last” – Produced by Lex Luger (Big Sean f/Chris Brown)

CD of the Year:

Big Sean – Finally Famous
Lupe Fiasco – LASERS
Nicki Minaj – Pink Friday
Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Wiz Khalifa – Rolling Papers

DJ of the Year:

DJ Drama
DJ Enuff
DJ Envy
DJ Khaled
DJ Prostyle

Rookie of the Year
Big K.R.I.T
Big Sean
Frank Ocean
Diggy Simmons
Tyler the Creator
Wiz Khalifa

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

Jay-Z
Lil Wayne
Nickie Minaj
Kanye West
Wiz Khalifa

Best Hip-Hop Online Site:

All Hip Hop.com
Bossip.com
Nah Right.com
Rap Radar.com
World Star Hip Hop.com

Best Club Banger:

Ace hood – “Hustle Hard” (Produced by Lex Luger)
DJ Khaled f/Drake, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne – “I’m On One” (Produced by T-Minus)
Lil Wayne f/Cory Gunz – “6 Foot 7 Foot” – (Produced by Bangladesh)
Waka Flocka Flame – “No Hands” (Produced by Lex Luger)
Wiz Khalifa – “Black And Yellow” (Produced by Stargate)
YC Worldwide f/Future – “Racks “(Produced by Sonny Digital)

Best Mixtape:

Big K.R.I.T – Return of 4Eva
B.o.B – No Genre
J. Cole – Friday Night Lights
Kendrik Lamar – Section .80
Frank Ocean – Nostalgia, Ultra
Sweet 16 : Best Featured Verse
Busta Rhymes – Look at Me Now (Chris Brown f/Lil Wayne 7 Busta Rhymes)
Lil Wayne – Motivation (Kelly Rowland f/Lil Wayne)
Nicki Minaj – Monster (Kanye West f/Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj & Bon Iver)
Wiz Khalifa – Bright Lights, Bigger City (Cee-Lo Green f/Wiz Khalifa)
Wiz Khalifa – Till I’m Gone (Tinie Tempah f/Wiz Khalifa)

Hustler of the Year:

Diddy
Jay-Z
Lil Wayne
Rick Ross
Kanye West

Verizon People’s Champ Award (Viewer’s Choice):

Chris Brown f/Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes – “Look At Me Now”
Lil Wayne f/Cory Gunz – “6 Foot 7 Foot”
Nicki Minaj f/Drake – “Moment 4 Life”
Kanye West f/Rihanna – “All of The Lights”
Wiz Khalifa – “Black And Yellow”

For more information on the BET Hip Hop Awards ’11 visit: www.bet.com/hiphopawards



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