Hip Hop’s best will compete next week at the 2017 BET Hip Hop Awards. For the second year in a row, DJ Khaled will host. In addition to hosting the show, DJ Khaled ties Cardi B and Kendrick Lamar with a leading nine nominations across several categories. The awards he is up for include Album of the Year, Single of the Year, and DJ of the year.
Newcomer rapper Cardi B has had a strong breakout year and she’s getting some major recognition at the BET Hip Hop Awards. Tying giants Kendrick Lamar and DJ Khaled with nine noms, the BET Hip Hop Awards are just the latest feathers in her cap. Her debut hit “Bodak Yellow” not only hit Number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, but also hit Number 2 on the Streaming Songs chart. “Bodak Yellow” is up for Single of the Year and Impact Track at the BET Hip Hop Awards. Cardi B is also up for Hot Ticket Performer, MVP of the Year, Best New Hip-Hop Artist, Hustler of the Year, Best Mixtape, and Made-You-Look Award (Best Hip-Hop Style).
It’s not the first time Kendrick Lamar has made a strong showing at this event. This year, his “HUMBLE” is up for Single of the Year, Best Hip-Hop Video, and Impact Track. He’s also nominated for Hot Ticket Performer, Lyricist of the Year, MVP of the Year, Album of the Year, and Hustler of the Year.
Jay Z and Chance the Rapper each earned five nominations. Jay Z’s 4:44 is up for Album of the Year and “Story of O.J.” is up for Impact Track. Mr. Beyoncé is also nominated for Hustler of the Year, MVP of the Year, and Lyricist of the Year. Chance the Rapper earned nominations for Hot Ticket Performer, Lyricist of the Year, MVP of the Year, and Hustler of the Year. DJ Khaled’s star-studded track “I’m The One” earned Chance a nomination for Sweet 16: Best Featured Verse.
Other nominated artists this year include Rihanna, Drake, Future, Nicki Minaj, French Montana ft. Swae Lee, and Cole.
The BET Hip Hop Awards will take place on October 6, 2017 at Miami’s Fox Theatre and will air October 10 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on BET. The network is using the awards show as an avenue for their Hip Hop for Hurricane Relief efforts.