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As if Kanye West needed something else to boast about, he was nominated for every single award at the BET Hip-Hop Awards except two. Out of the 18 categories, West didn’t receive a nod in the DJ of the Year Award and Rookie of the Year. The only other rappers to come close to matching Kanye’s nominations are 2 Chainz with 13 and Drake with 11 nods. The Drake-Kanye-2 Chainz trifecta will battle it out for every award because they are nominated against each other in every slot.

While Kanye was mentioned in almost every category, there were a few snubs. Nicki Minaj was noticably absent from any nominations. I guess radio personality Peter Rosenberg was right when he said Nicki Minaj’s new album wasn’t hip-hop. Her pop hit “Starships” got zero amounts of love. After having banner years, rhymers like Big Sean, Meek Mill, and Rick Ross were only nominated for a handful awards.

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We will have to wait until October 9th to see who will take home the trophy. Mike Epps will serve as host for the fourth year in a row. Peep some of the nominees below.

Best Hip Hop Video

  • 2Chainz f/ Drake – No Lie
  • A$AP Rocky – Goldie
  • Drake f/ Lil Wayne – HYFR
  • Wale f/ Miguel – Lotus Flower Bomb
  • Kanye West f/ Big Sean, Pusha T and 2Chainz – Mercy

Reese’s Perfect Combo Award (Best Collabo)

  • 2Chainz f/ Drake – No Lie
  • Drake f/ Lil Wayne & Tyga – The Motto (Remix)
  • J. Cole f/ Missy Elliott – Nobody’s Perfect
  • Wale f/ Miguel – Lotus Flower Bomb
  • Kanye West f/ Big Sean, Pusha T and 2 Chainz – Mercy

Best Live Performer

  • A$AP Rocky
  • Drake
  • J. Cole
  • The Throne (Jay-Z & Kanye West)
  • Kanye West

Lyricist of the Year

  • J. Cole
  • Jay-Z
  • Kendrick Lamar
  • Nas
  • Kanye West

Video Director of the Year

  • A$AP Rocky & Sam Lecca
  • Benny Boom
  • Chris Robinson
  • Hype Williams
  • Kanye West

Producer of the Year

  • Hit-Boy
  • J. Cole
  • J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League
  • No I.D.
  • Kanye West

MVP of the Year

  • 2Chainz
  • J. Cole
  • Jay-Z
  • Rick Ross
  • Kanye West

Track of the Year

  • Cashin’ Out – Produced by DJ Spinz (Ca$h Out)
  • Ima Boss – Produced by Jahlil Beats (Meek Mill f/ Rick Ross)
  • Ni**as in Paris – Produced by Kanye West, Hit-Boy and Mike Dean (The Throne – Jay-Z & Kanye West)
  • No Lie – Produced by Mike Will Made-It and Co-Produced by Marz (2Chainz f/ Drake)

Check out the full list of nominees.



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