Kanye West, 2 Chainz, Drake Lead 2012 BET Hip Hop Award Nominations

The BET Hip Hop Awards list of nominees has been released. Kanye West leads with 16 nominations while 2 Chainz, Drake and A$AP Rocky roll right behind.

With BET's Hip Hop Awards drawing closer, the network has released a list of this year's nominees. One of the most mentioned names on the list is Kanye West, who has earned 16 nominations. West is gaining recognition for solo work and collaborative efforts with Jay-Z and his G.O.O.D. Music family. He's mentioned in nearly every category and he is sometimes named twice in a category. 

One of West's collaborators, 2 Chainz, is also being recognized for his work throughout the year. Chainz is up for 10 nominations including one with Drake for Best Hip Hop Video. According to Soul Culture, Drake also earned 8 nominations this year including Best Live Performer and A$AP Rocky is holding steady with 6 nods, including one for Rookie of the Year.

Other nominees, including HipHopDX for Best Hip Hop Online Site, can be seen below. 

Best Hip-Hop Video

2 Chainz f/ Drake – “No Lie”
A$AP Rocky – “Goldie”
Drake f/ Lil’ Wayne – “HYFR”
Wale f/ Miguel – “Lotus Flower Bomb”
Kanye West, 2 Chainz, Big Sean x Pusha T – “Mercy”

Reese’s Perfect Combo Award

2 Chainz f/ Drake – “No Lie”
Drake f/ Lil’ Wayne x Tyga – “The Motto”
J. Cole f/ Missy Elliott – “Nobody’s Perfect”
Wale f/ Miguel – “Lotus Flower Bomb”
Kanye West, 2 Chainz, Big Sean x Pusha T – “Mercy”

Best Live Performer

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

Lyricist of the Year

J. Cole
Kendrick Lamar
Kanye West

Video Director of the Year

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

Producer of the Year

J. Cole
J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League
No I.D.
Kanye West

MVP of the Year

2 Chainz
J. Cole
Rick Ross
Kanye West

Track of the Year

“Cashin’ Out” (Ca$h Out)
“I’ma Boss” (Meek Mill f/ Rick Ross)
“N–gas In Paris” (The Throne)
“No Lie” (2 Chainz f/ Drake)
“The Motto” (Drake f/ Lil’ Wayne x Tyga)

CD of the Year

The Dreamer, The Believer (Common)
Take Care (Drake)
Cole World: The Sideline Story (J. Cole)
Watch The Throne (Jay-Z x Kanye West)
TM 103: Hustlerz Ambition (Young Jeezy)

DJ of the Year

DJ Drama
DJ Enuff
DJ Envy
Funkmaster Flex
DJ Khaled

Rookie of the Year

2 Chainz
A$AP Rocky
Ca$h Out
Meek Mill

Made You Look Award (Best Hip-Hop Style)

2 Chainz
A$AP Rocky
Big Sean
Nicki Minaj
Kanye West

Best Club Banger

“Cashin’ Out” (Ca$h Out)
“The Motto” (Drake f/ Lil’ Wayne x Tyga)
“Same Damn Time” (Future)
“Ni–as In Paris” (The Throne)
“Mercy” (Kanye West, 2 Chainz, Big Sean x Pusha T)

Best Mixtape

LiveLoveA$AP (A$AP Rocky)
1999 (Joey Bada$$)
Dreamchasers 2 (Meek Mill)
Rich Forever (Rick Ross)
Taylor Allderdice (Wiz Khalifa)

Sweet 16: Best Featured Verse

2 Chainz – “Mercy”
Diddy – “Same Damn Time (Remix)”
Drake – “Stay Schemin’”
Ludacris – “Same Damn Time (Remix)”
T.I. – “Magic (Remix)”

Hustler of the Year

2 Chainz
Lil’ Wayne
Rick Ross
Kanye West

Impact Track

“Around My Way (Freedom Ain’t Free)” (Lupe Fiasco)
“Bitch Bad” (Lupe Fiasco)
“Daughters” (Nas)
“Murder To Excellence” (The Throne)

People’s Champ Award

2 Chainz f/ Drake – “No Lie”
Driicky Graham – “Snapbacks & Tattoos”
Meek Mill f/ Rick Ross – “I’ma Boss”
The Throne – “Ni–as In Paris”
Kanye West, 2 Chainz, Big Sean x Pusha T – “Mercy”

Best Hip-Hop Online Site


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  • wowz

    how the fuck is the mercy video a nomoniee for best hiphop video. All they were doing was standing around in a garage... get off their dicks already goddamn

  • Nate

    How did Slaughterhouse not make it in lyricist of the year?????

  • S

    All wack mainstream stuff. NO THANKS

  • Industry Advocate

    Comment sections are filled with single minded cats! I can't with most of y'all man... Answers: I'm sure BET Based the release off of June or July of last year to June or July of this year. That's why Nas, Ross, or 2Chainz albums are mentioned or nominated. 2 Chainz is a Rookie for this is his SOLO DEBUT!!! Club Banger is something a lot of you can't relate to, since all you do is talk crazy on comment sections and never live real life in society and clubs!! How much advertising and ratings do you think they would get nominating the underground for the majority? You closed minded cats kill Hip Hop, not the people that are commercial that YOU swear do it. Support your taste and keep it moving!

    • Bz

      OK that makes sense for the June to June cuz now I look at it, most of those albums were from late 2011 too.. don't know why I didn't see that before. and I don't have a prob with the mainstream nominations, theres gotta be diff kinds of hip-hop for diff moods.. having multiple sides to the genre will ensure that it always appeals to someone.

    • Anonymous

      i agree with everything you said, except 2 chainz. i even like 2 chainz, but its not fair for other nominees. he's been around the block. did pusha t get a nom a couple yrs back?

  • ETL

    Good Music, MMG, YMCMB these are the award categories we'll split them at the show, also write down which website, and DJ likes you the most that's how those are gonna be chosen.

  • Bz

    2chains ain't a rookie! and how is Nas' album not up for album of the year?? btw to the commenter about Game, R.E.D. album was last year..

  • Anonymous

    what the fuck, 2chainz ain't a fuckin rookie

  • Anonymous

    The Dreamer, The Believer (Common) Take Care (Drake) Cole World: The Sideline Story (J. Cole) Watch The Throne (Jay-Z x Kanye West) TM 103: Hustlerz Ambition (Young Jeezy) Really No R.E.D. Album...man niggas in BET are some serious haters...

  • Anonymous

    dude like every category has the same the songs and artists nominated over and over again. way to bring some diversity to it! how in the hell is hotnewhiphop not nominated for best hip hop site?

  • HipHopDX

    CHECK THIS OUT NEW UNKNOWN BUT ANTICIPATED ARTIST NOW WORKING ON COMPILATION MUSIC PROJECT !!! http://supremeempire1.wordpress.com/2012/08/16/masterpiece-mixtape-in-the-works-from-unknown-but-anticipated-artist-apollo/

  • Anonymous

    Based on this year alone and not my personal opinions the winners will be: Best Video: HYFR or Mercy Perfect Combo: Mercy Live Performer: The Throne Lyricist:Kendrick or Nas Video Director: IDK Producer: Hit Boy MVP: 2chainz Track of the year: No lie or Niggas in Paris... maybe the motto CD of the Year: Take Care or Watch the Throne Dj: DJ DRAMA Rookie: 2 Chainz or Meek Mill Made You Look: Nicki Minaj or Kanye West Club Banger: The Motto Mixtape: Dreamchasers 2 or Rich Forever Sweet 16: 2chainz or Drake Hustler: 2chainz Impact: Bitch Bad Peoples champ: No lie

  • Nigerianboi

    2 chhhaaaiinnnzzzzz, da nigga 2 chianz deserves the plaudits coming his way, hope he wins a couple of dem awards. even tho he's not the best lyricist,u gotta respect his grind this year

  • Anonymous


  • fuck this list

    worst list ever...talk about dick riding the mainstream radio shit...Drake? 2chainz? Rick Ross? You gotta be kidding me. These are the artists getting awards for hip hop? People need to educate themselves and listen to something with some substance.

  • Anonymous

    basically ymcmb and good music

  • Anonymous

    best club banger (smh bet)

  • Anonymous

    best mixtape 1999 (Joey Bada$$)

  • Anonymous

    Perfect Cobo - J.cole/Missy Live Performer - The throne Lyricist - K.dot/Nas Producer - JUSTICE league MVP - K.dot u foools! Jcole/rick ross CD of the year - Section.80 foools! Sideline story Rookie - A$AP Rookie Style - A$AP Rocky Club - niggas in paris mixtape - LiveLoveA$AP Hustler - Dr. Dre fool (beats is the biggest music hustle)/Rick Ross (has become figurehead of modern game for some reasons) Impact - murder to excellence/daughters Online site - Anythin but DX. Due to some awful reviews and weird fuckin "news" stories. Kendrick and Nas were stabbed in the back here......losing repsect for BET.

    • Anonymous

      Then get of this site you idoit dx is a great site and if you dont like it you can F*ck off simpple as that and get over k dot let him go back to chool and get some education rap is the ;ast thing he needs right now

  • jg

    How is 2 Chainz a rookie? Cuz he changed his name this year?

  • HipHoplives

    Nas not up for album of the year?

  • Anonymous

    wtf is a hustler of the year award lmao seriously

  • Deborah

    Hustler of the Year Awards, yes, this is the kind of lifestyle fantasy BET want to peddle to black youngsters. Pathetic. Will NOT be wathing the BET awards this year.

    • triPAUD

      I judge, by the tenements established in hip hop history, "the hustle" is a valid catagory. It has been an important part of hip hop culture from the origins of hip hop and doesn't necessarily pertain to drugs. If you want, replace the word with "entrepreneurial spirit."

    • Laron

      That award probably won't be televised along with club banger of the year.Then again it probably will. #that's ratchet

    • Anonymous

      It is a ridiculous category though.

    • okay...

      i'm sure a lot of people here care if you watch the awards or not.

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