BET Hip Hop Award nominations announced; will top nominee Kanye show?

The collective universe (current and former presidents included) may still be hard at work condemning Kanye West’s actions at this past Sunday’s VMA Awards, but someone still loves him.

The divisive hip-hop star leads the pack of BET Hip Hop Award nominees this week with nine — including Best Live Performer, Lyricist of the Year, CD of the Year, and MVP of the year, as well as People’s Champ (a.k.a. Viewers Choice).

Ice Cube will be honored as this year’s “I Am Hip-Hop” Icon Award recipient, and the late DJ AM garners a nod for for DJ of the Year. Two new categories have also been added: “Made-You-Look Award (Best Hip Hop Style)” and “Best Hip-Hop Blog Site.”

Will Kanye’s current mea culpa tour be sufficiently wrapped up for him to attend the show, slated for October 10 in Atlanta? When reached for comment, a BET spokeswoman said, “Most guests start confirming next week or the first week in October, so we wouldn’t really know yet. But we would love to have him there!”

What do you think, Music Mixers — a nice opportunity for ‘Ye to make nice, or better that he stay away and focus on “taking the time off and just analyze” his recent behavior? What do you think of the other nominations?

See the full list after the jump:

Best Hip-Hop Collabo
Jim Jones & Ron Browz f/ Juelz Santana – Pop Champagne
Lil Wayne f/ Bobby Valentino – Mrs. Officer
Rick Ross f/ John Legend – Magnificent
T.I. f/ Rihanna – Live Your Life
Young Jeezy f/ Kanye West – Put On

Best Live Performer
Busta Rhymes
Lil Wayne
Kanye West

Lyricist of the Year
Lil Wayne
Kanye West

Video Director of the Year
Gil Green
Anthony Mandler
Mr. Boomtown
Chris Robinson
Hype Williams

Producer of the Year
Ron Browz
Cool & Dre
Tha Bizness
Kanye West

Track of the Year
Day “N” Nite – Kid Cudi
D.O.A. (Death of Auto Tune) – Jay-Z
Every Girl – Young Money (Lil Wayne, Drake, Jae Mills, Gudda Gudda & Mack Maine)
Live Your Life – T.I. f/ Rihanna
Turn My Swag On – Soulja Boy Tell’em

CD of the Year
Eminem – Relapse
Q-Tip – The Renaissance
T.I. – Paper Trail
Kanye West – 808 & Heartbreak
Young Jeezy – The Recession

Rookie of the Year
Kid Cudi

Best Hip-Hop Video
Dorrough – Ice Cream Paint Job
Eminem – We Made You
Jay-Z – D.O.A. (Death of Auto Tune)
Kid Cudi – Day “N” Nite
T.I. f/ Rihanna – Live Your Life

MVP of the Year
Lil Wayne
Kanye West

DJ of the Year
DJ Drama
DJ Khaled
DJ Tony Neal
DJ Greg Street

Hustler of the Year
Lil Wayne
Kanye West

Made-You-Look Award (Best Hip-Hop Style)
Kid Cudi
Lil Wayne
Soulja Boy Tell’em
Kanye West

Best Hip-Hop Blog Site
All Hip Hop
Nah Right
This Is 50
World Star Hip Hop

People’s Champ (Viewers Choice)
Dorrough – Ice Cream Paint Job
Fabolous f/ The-Dream – Throw It In The Bag
Kid Cudi – Day “N” Nite
Soulja Boy Tell’em – Turn My Swag On
Kanye West f/ Young Jeezy – Amazing

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Comments (10 total) Add your comment
  • Vance

    Why not? Kanye needs to show up so that when he wins, he can tell everyone that BEYONCE’S SONG WAS BETTER!

  • michka

    Kanye presence is a guarantee of 15% of ratings increase. Which channel can refuse that?

    We Want KANYE!

  • Ama

    This is the “BET Hip Hop awards”. The 2009 BET awards already happened. That was the show Jamie Foxx hosted right after MJ died and they did the tribute to him. There is a difference.

  • Dennis

    I believe this is the BET “Hip-Hop” Awards. The overall BET Awards (which honor R&B, Hip-Hop, and Gospel music as well as actors/actresses and atheletes) aired earlier this year in June.

  • JA

    I hope he does show and I hope he wins something and I hope someone interrupts his acceptance speech and says he doesn’t deserve the award. I won’t be watching so I’ll just hope for some “what goes around, comes around” for little ol’ Kanye.

  • Tori

    no one will care if he shows up as mtv awards has a different audience than bet awards

  • Ronnel

    Kanye is going to the BET Hip-hop awards… yes his actions were beyond classless but sorry but of the watching audience for this award show probably agreed 100% with Kanya. There will be NO backlash there sorry folks.

    • Ama

      Even though I’m sure a lot of the BET audience agree with what he said, they disapprove of how he said it. But the story is old. Taylor has accepted the apology. It is time to move on people. Being called a jackass by the President is punishment enough.

  • the girl

    Team Kanye.

  • dave

    808s and Heartbreak is not a good CD. How on earth is it nominated for CD of the Year? I love all of Kanye’s other albums, but this one was terrible. This awards show has no credibility.

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