West Coast rapper Kendrick Lamar continues to dominate headlines after landing nearly 15 nominations for the upcoming BET Hip-Hop Awards.
According to reports, K. Dot leads this year’s star-studded ceremony with 14 nods.
Kendrick Lamar made a splash with his major label debut. He recently called out some of rap’s best by name, warning them about his aim for hip-hop’s top spot on Big Sean‘s Control. Now, BET is taking notice. In a statement to the Associated Press, the network said Thursday that Lamar received the most nominations with 14 for the eighth annual BET Hip-Hop Awards. It airs Oct. 15. He is the show’s reigning Lyricist of the Year and his 2012 album, good kid, m.A.A.d city recently sold more than 1 million units. (USA Today)
Young Money’s Drake and Roc Nation star J. Cole also managed to land a handful of nods.
For the first time, rap veteran Snoop Dogg will host the show, which will be taped Sept. 28 at the Boisfeuillet (BOH’-fihl-ay) Jones Atlanta Civic Center. Rapper Drake scored 13 nominations and J. Cole earned 10 nods. (Associated Press)
The threesome will go for trophies in categories including “Best Live Performer” and “Lyricist of the Year.”
Best Hip-Hop Video A$AP Rocky f/ Drake, 2 Chainz & Kendrick Lamar – “Problems” B.o.B f/ T.I. & Juicy J – “We Still in This” J. Cole f/ Miguel – “Power Trip” Drake – “Started From the Bottom” Kendrick Lamar – “Don’t Kill My Vibe” Reese’s Perfect Combo Award (Best Collabo, Duo or Group) Ace Hood f/ Rick Ross & Future – “Bugatti” A$AP Rocky f/ Drake, 2 Chainz & Kendrick Lamar – “Problems” J. Cole f/ Miguel – “Power Trip” French Montana f/ Rick Ross, Drake & Lil Wayne – “Pop That” Kendrick Lamar f/ Drake – “Poetic Justice” Wale f/ Tiara Thomas – “Bad” Best Live Performer 2 Chainz J. Cole JAY Z Kendrick Lamar Kanye West Lyricist of the Year J. Cole Drake JAY Z Kendrick Lamar Wale (BET)
Competition will also heat up in categories like “DJ of the Year” with DJ Khaled facing off against DJ Drama.
Video Director of the Year A$AP Rocky & A$AP Ferg Benny Boom Director X Dre Films Hype Williams DJ of the Year DJ Drama DJ Envy DJ Funkmaster Flex DJ Khaled DJ Scream Producer of the Year J. Cole Hit-Boy DJ Mustard Mike WiLL Made It Pharrell Williams (BET)
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