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Drake Is Charged Up With 12 Nods At 2015 BET Hip-Hop Awards

Big Sean, Nicki Minaj, Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole also score big.

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For the second straight year, Drake leads the race in nominations for the BET Hip-Hop Awards.

With 12 nominations to his name, including Lyricist of the Year and Album of the Year (If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late), the “Back to Back” rapper does it yet again.

Big Sean, whose been on a tear since the release of Dark Sky Paradise, isn’t far behind his “Blessings” collaborator with 10 nominations. Nicki Minaj scored nine nods, while Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole are tied at eight a piece.

A couple other things to note in this year's nomination listing is the omission of the Best Female Hip Hop category, finding Nicki Minaj (finally) earning a rightful spot in the categories against the males for Lyricist of the Year and MVP of the Year. 2015's golden boy Future is expected to have a big night as well, seeing as how the Atlanta machine's mixtape trifecta (Monster, Beast Mode, 56 Nights) make up a bulk of the Best Mixtape category. On the snub side of things however, it looks like Metro Boomin, Southside and Sonny Digital — all names responsible for much of the unbiquitious bangers heard this year – are glaring exclusions in the Producer of the Year category, which should definitely draw some controversy.

Anyhow, the 2015 BET Hip-Hop Awards goes down at the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center on October 13 with Snoop Dogg returning as host. The show will be taped October 9.

For a full list of this year's nominations, see below:

Best Hip-Hop Video

Big Sean featuring Chris Brown & Ty Dolla $ign - "Play No Games"

Big Sean featuring Drake & Kanye West - "Blessings"

Fetty Wap - "Trap Queen"

Kendrick Lamar - "Alright"

Nicki Minaj featuring Beyoncé - "Feeling Myself"

Best Collabo, Duo or Group

Big Sean featuring Drake & Kanye West - "Blessings"

Big Sean featuring E-40 - "Idfwu"

Fetty Wap featuring Monty - "My Way"

Nicki Minaj featuring Beyoncé - "Feeling Myself"

Nicki Minaj featuring Drake & Lil Wayne - "Truffle Butter"

Best Live Performer


J. Cole

Kanye West

Kendrick Lamar

Nicki Minaj

Lyricist of the Year

Big Sean


J. Cole

Kendrick Lamar

Nicki Minaj

Video Director of the Year

Alan Ferguson

Benny Boom

Chris Robinson/Lil Chris

Colin Tilley

Director X

DJ of the Year

DJ Drama

DJ Envy

DJ Esco

DJ Khaled

DJ Mustard

Producer of the Year

DJ Mustard

J. Cole

Kanye West

Mike Will Made-It

Pharrell Williams


MVP of the Year

Big Sean



J. Cole

Kendrick Lamar

Nicki Minaj

Track Of The Year

"Alright" - Produced By Pharrell Williams & Sounwave (Kendrick Lamar)

"Blessings" - Produced By Boi-1da & Vinylz (Big Sean FEATURING Drake & Kanye West)

"Commas" - Produced By Dj Spinz & Southside (Future)

"Idfwu" - Produced By Dj Dahi, Dj Mustard, Kanye West & Key Wane (Big Sean FEATURING E-40)

"Trap Queen" - Produced By Tony Fadd (Fetty Wap)

Album Of The Year

Big Sean - Dark Sky Paradise

Drake - If You're Reading This It's Too Late

J. Cole - 2014 Forest Hills Drive

Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp A Butterfly

Nicki Minaj - The Pinkprint

Wale - The Album About Nothing

Who Blew Up Award

Bobby Shmurda

Dej Loaf

Fetty Wap

Rae Sremmurd


Hustler Of The Year

Dr. Dre


J. Cole

Jay Z

Nicki Minaj

Made-You-Look Award (Best Hip-Hop Style)

A$AP Rocky

Dej Loaf


Kanye West

Nicki Minaj

Best Hip Hop Online Site






Best Club Banger

Big Sean featuring E-40 - "Idfwu" (Produced By Dj Dahi, Dj Mustard, Kanye West & Key Wane)

Dej Loaf - "Try Me" (Produced By Dds)

Fetty Wap - "Trap Queen" (Produced By Tony Fadd)

Future - "Commas" (Produced By Dj Spinz & Southside)

Rich Homie Quan - "Flex" (Ooh, Ooh, Ooh) (Produced By Dj Spinz & Nitti Beatz)

Best Mixtape

Future - 56 Nights

Future - Beast Mode

Future - Monster

Lil Wayne - Sorry 4 The Wait 2

Travis Scott - Days Before Rodeo

Sweet 16: Best Featured Verse

Drake - "Blessings" (Big Sean Featuring Drake & Kanye West)

Drake - "My Way Remix" (Fetty Wap Featuring Drake)

E-40 - "Idfwu" (Big Sean Featuring E-40)

Kendrick Lamar - "Classic Man Remix" (Jidenna featuring Kendrick Lamar)

Lil Wayne - "Truffle Butter" (Nicki Minaj featuring Drake & Lil Wayne)

Impact Track

Big Sean featuring Kanye West & John Legend - "One Man Can Change The World"

Common & John Legend - "Glory" (From The Motion Picture "Selma")

J. Cole - "Apparently"

J. Cole - "Be Free"

Kendrick Lamar - "Alright"

People's Champ Award

Big Sean featuring Drake & Kanye West - "Blessings"

Fetty Wap - "Trap Queen"

Future - "Commas"

Kendrick Lamar - "i"

Rae Sremmurd - "No Type"

Rich Homie Quan - "Flex (Ooh, Ooh, Ooh)"

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