THE 16th ANNUAL “BET HIP HOP AWARDS” PREMIERES TUESDAY, OCTOBER 5

The biggest night in hip hop is back for its’ 16th year! That’s right, the BET Hip Hop Awards are back for the 2021 award show season. Set to air on BET Tuesday, October 5, 2021, at 9:00 PM ET/PT, the show will film live a few days prior on October 1, live from the Cobb Energy Center in Atlanta, GA. The annual celebration will bring together the hottest names in hip hop to pay homage to the best in hip hop culture. Recently the official nominees for the 2021 BET Hip Hop Awards have been announced.

Cardi B, Lil Durk, and Megan Thee Stallion lead this year’s nominations with an impressive nine nods each. Cardi B’s nods include ‘Song of The Year,’ ‘Hip Hop Artist of The Year,’ ‘ Best Hip Hop Video,’ ‘Best Collaboration,’ ‘Best Live Performer,’ ‘Hustler of The Year,’ and ‘Sweet 16: Best featured Verse’. Lil Durk’s nods include ‘Song of the Year,’ ‘ Best Hip Hop Video,’ ‘Best Collaboration,’ ‘Best Duo or Group,’ and ‘Sweet 16: Best featured Verse’. Megan Thee Stallion’s nods include ‘Hip Hop Album of the Year,’ ‘Song of the Year,’ ‘Hip Hop Artist of the Year,’ ‘ Best Hip Hop Video,’ ‘Best Collaboration,’ ‘Best Live Performer,’ ‘Lyricist of the Year,’ ‘Hustler of the Year,’ and ‘Sweet 16: Best featured Verse’. Drake takes second place with an impressive eight nods. Tyler, The Creator and Metro Boomin tied for third-most nominations securing four nods each.

Other notable nominations include 21 Savage, DJ Khaled, J. Cole, and Pooh Shiesty, who received three nominations each. BiaChris Brown, Doja Cat, Jay Z, Lil Nas X, Migos, Nicki Minaj, Roddy Ricch, Saweetie, Young Thug, and Yung Bleu received two nominations each.

“Our 2021 ‘BET Hip Hop Awards’ nominees span generations and are a representation of the talented individuals who elevate hip hop culture in creative and diverse ways. We congratulate each of them on these sought-after accolades,” said Connie Orlando, EVP Specials, Music Programming & Music Strategy for BET. “We can’t wait to join forces with the best in hip hop and deliver a one-of-a-kind show in Atlanta.”

As with every year of the awards, they have always given a special honor to an artist who has transcended time and have made a major impact in the industry. It’s been announced that DOUBLE DIAMOND SELLING SUPERSTAR rapper and entrepreneur Nelly will be the recipient of the 2021 “I Am Hip Hop” Award. From chart-topping hits that include “Hot in Herre,” “Dilemma” (feat. Kelly Rowland), “Country Grammar,” “Ride Wit Me,” and “Cruise” (with Florida Georgia Line), to his popular fashion line Apple Bottoms, to starring in the hit series Real Husbands of Hollywood, and his own reality show Nellyville, the charismatic, multi-platinum music icon will be celebrated for his massive contributions to music and the culture at large.

For more information about the “BET HIP HOP AWARDS” including the latest news and updates, visit bet.com/hiphopawards.

See below for the full list of 2021 BET Hip Hop Awards official nominees.

BEST HIP HOP VIDEO
CARDI B, “UP”
CARDI B FEAT. MEGAN THEE STALLION, “WAP”
CHRIS BROWN & YOUNG THUG GO, “CRAZY”
DRAKE FEAT. LIL DURK, “LAUGH NOW CRY LATER”
LIL NAS X, “MONTERO” (CALL ME BY YOUR NAME)
SAWEETIE FEAT. DOJA CAT, “BEST FRIEND”

BEST COLLABORATION
21 SAVAGE & METRO BOOMIN FEAT. DRAKE, “MR. RIGHT NOW”
BIA FEAT. NICKI MINAJ, “WHOLE LOTTA MONEY” (REMIX)
CARDI B FEAT. MEGAN THEE STALLION, “WAP”
DJ KHALED FEAT. LIL BABY & LIL DURK, “EVERY CHANCE I GET”
DRAKE FEAT. LIL DURK, “LAUGH NOW CRY LATER”
POOH SHIESTY FEAT. LIL DURK, “BACK IN BLOOD”

SONG OF THE YEAR
“BACK IN BLOOD” – Produced by YC (POOH SHIESTY FEAT. LIL DURK)
“LATE AT NIGHT” – Produced by Mustard (RODDY RICCH)
“LAUGH NOW CRY LATER” – Produced by G. Ry, CardoGotWings, Roget Chahayed & Yung Exclusive (DRAKE FEAT. LIL DURK)
“UP” – Produced by Yung Dza, Sean Island, DJ SwanQo (CARDI B)
“WAP” – Produced by Ayo & Keyz (CARDI B FEAT. MEGAN THEE STALLION)
“WHOLE LOTTA MONEY” (REMIX) – Produced by London Jae, BeatGodz, Tee Romano (BIA FEAT. NICKI MINAJ)

SWEET 16: BEST FEATURED VERSE
CARDI B, “TYPE SHIT” (MIGOS FEAT. CARDI B)
DRAKE, “HAVIN’ OUR WAY” (MIGOS FEAT. DRAKE)
JAY-Z, “WHAT IT FEELS LIKE” (NIPSEY HUSSLE FEAT. JAY-Z)
LIL DURK, “BACK IN BLOOD” (POOH SHIESTY FT. LIL DURK)
MEGAN THE STALLION, “ON ME” (REMIX) (LIL BABY FT. MEGAN THEE STALLION)
RODDY RICCH, “LEMONADE” (REMIX) (INTERNET MONEY FEAT. DON TOLIVER & RODDY RICCH)

IMPACT TRACK
BLACK THOUGHT, “THOUGHT VS EVERYBODY”
LIL NAS X, “MONTERO” (CALL ME BY YOUR NAME)
LIL BABY FEAT. KIRK FRANKLIN, “WE WIN”
MEEK MILL FEAT. LIL DURK, “PAIN AWAY”
NIPSEY HUSSLE FEAT. JAY-Z, “WHAT IT FEELS LIKE”
RAPSODY, “12 PROBLEMS”

BEST NEW HIP HOP ARTIST
BLXST
COI LERAY
DON TOLIVER
MORRAY
POOH SHIESTY
YUNG BLEU

BEST DUO OR GROUP
21 SAVAGE & METRO BOOMIN
CHRIS BROWN & YOUNG THUG
CITY GIRLS
FUTURE & LIL UZI VERT
LIL BABY & LIL DURK
MIGOS

BEST LIVE PERFORMER
BUSTA RHYMES
CARDI B
DABABY
DOJA CAT
MEGAN THEE STALLION
TYLER, THE CREATOR

LYRICIST OF THE YEAR
BENNY THE BUTCHER
DRAKE
J. COLE
LIL BABY
MEGAN THEE STALLION
NAS

HIP HOP ARTIST OF THE YEAR
CARDI B
DRAKE
J. COLE
LIL BABY
MEGAN THEE STALLION
TYLER, THE CREATOR

HIP HOP ALBUM OF THE YEAR
A GANGSTA’S PAIN MONEYBAGG YO
CALL ME IF YOU GET LOST TYLER, THE CREATOR
CULTURE III MIGOS
GOOD NEWS MEGAN THEE STALLION
KHALED KHALED DJ KHALED
SAVAGE MODE II 21 SAVAGE X METRO BOOMIN
THE OFF-SEASON J. COLE

VIDEO DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
COLE BENNETT
COLIN TILLEY
DAVE MEYERS
DIRECTOR X
HYPE WILLIAMS
MISSY ELLIOTT

DJ OF THE YEAR
CHASE B
D NICE
DJ CASSIDY
DJ DRAMA
DJ ENVY
DJ JAZZY JEFF
DJ SCHEME
KAYTRANADA

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
DJ KHALED
HIT-BOY
METRO BOOMIN
MUSTARD
THE ALCHEMIST
TYLER, THE CREATOR

HUSTLER OF THE YEAR
CARDI B
DRAKE
LIL BABY
MEGAN THEE STALLION
SAWEETIE
YUNG BLEU

BEST HIP-HOP PLATFORM
COMPLEX
GENIUS
HIP HOP DX
HOT NEW HIPHOP
THE BREAKFAST CLUB
THE SHADE ROOM
WORLDSTAR HIPHOP
XXL

BEST INTERNATIONAL FLOW
LADIPOE (NIGERIA)
NASTY C. (SOUTH AFRICA)
XAMÃ (BRAZIL)
LAYLOW (FRANCE)
GAZO (FRANCE)
LITTLE SIMZ (UK)
DAVE (UK)

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