On Wednesday night’s episode of BET’s “106 & Park,” it was revealed that Mike Epps will again host the BET Hip-Hop Awards.
The show will tape in Atlanta Sept. 29 at the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center and air on BET Oct. 9.
During Wednesday’s airing of “106 & Park,” comedian/actor Epps unveiled some of the nominees as well.
Atlanta rapper 2 Chainz fared extremely well, popping up in several high-profile categories including Best Hip-Hop Video and MVP of the year.
2 Chainz and fellow Atlantan Future, will face off against each other – along with ASAP Rocky, Cash Out and Meek Mill – for the Rookie of the Year award.
For Best Hip-Hop Video, 2 Chainz will compete with “No Lie,” his collaboration with Drake and go up against ASAP Rocky (”Goldie”); Drake featuring Lil Wayne (”HYFR”); Wale featuring Miguel (”Lotus Flower Bomb”); and Kanye West, Big Sean, Pusha T and 2 Chainz (”Mercy”).
MVP of the Year honors will potentially go to 2 Chainz, J. Cole, Jay-Z, Rick Ross and Kanye West.
Lyricist of the Year nominees are J. Cole, Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar, Nas and Kanye West.
Up for the Reese’s Best Combo Award are 2 Chainz and Drake (”No Lie”); Drake, Lil Wayne and Tyga (”The Motto”); J. Cole and Missy Elliott (”Nobody’s Perfect”); Wale and Miguel (”Lotus Flower Bomb”); and Kanye West, Big Sean, Pusha T and 2 Chainz (”Mercy”).
Battling for Best Club Banger will be Cash Out (”Cashin’ Out”); Drake, Lil Wayne and Tyga (”The Motto”); Future (”Same Damn Time”); Jay-Z and Kanye West (’Paris”); and Kanye West, Big Sean, Pusha T and 2 Chainz (”Mercy”).
For the fan-voted People’s Champ Award, the nominees are 2 Chainz featuring Drake (”No Lie”); Driicky Graham (”Snapbacks and Tattoos”); Meek Mill featuring Rick Ross (”I’m A Boss”); Kanye West and Jay-Z (”Otis”); and Kanye West, Big Sean, Pusha T and 2 Chainz (”Mercy”),
Fans can vote at BET.com or by downloading the new Hip-Hop Awards app.
Another guy with love for Atlanta, DJ Drama, took his place behind the turntables on the show, while Epps announced that he’s a nominee for DJ of the Year. Drama smiled and spun his song with Drake and Future, “We In This B****,” which features a few Atlanta shout-outs.
This is the seventh year for the ceremony, which began in 2006 at the Fox Theatre. Epps, who has spent plenty of time in Atlanta, has hosted since 2009.
(Check out our gallery of nominees.)
By Melissa Ruggieri, Atlanta Music Scene