CARDI B, LIL DURK, AND MEGAN THEE STALLION LEAD THE 2021 “BET HIP HOP AWARDS” WITH NINE NOMINATIONS


New York, NY – September 9, 2021 – BET announces the nominees for the 16th annual “BET HIP HOP AWARDS,” honoring the past year in hip hop music across 17 categories, selected by a voting academy of esteemed music industry insiders. With the theme of unity as expressed by its tagline In Hip Hop We Stand, the 2021 “BET HIP HOP AWARDS will tape from the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta, GA, on Friday, October 1 and will premiere Tuesday, October 5, 2021, at 9 PM ET/PT on BET, and simulcast internationally on BET Africa on Wednesday, October 6 AT 3 AM CAT. BET will work closely with Fulton County to support community vaccination efforts and ensure adherence to COVID-19 protocols.


Cardi B, Lil Durk, and Megan Thee Stallion lead this year’s nominations with an impressive nine nods each. Cardi B’snods 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’. Draketakes 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. Bia, Chris Brown, Doja Cat, Jay Z, Lil Nas X, Migos, Nicki Minaj, Roddy Ricch, Saweetie, Young Thug, and Yung Bleureceived two nominations each.


Additionally, the ‘Best New Hip Hop Artist’ Award nominees include Blxst, Coi Leray, Don Toliver, Morray, Pooh Shiesty, and Yung Bleu.


“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.”


Voting for the 2021 “BET HIP HOP AWARDS'' DJ of the Year and Best Hip Hop Platform is now open: https://www.votehiphopawards.com


Connie Orlando, EVP Specials, Music Programming & Music Strategy will oversee the annual show, with Jamal Noisette, VP Specials, Music Programming & Music Strategy serving as Co-Executive Producer. Jesse Collins, CEO of Jesse Collins Entertainment, to serve as Executive Producer of the 2021 “BET HIP HOP AWARDS'' along with Jesse Collins Entertainment’s Jeannae Rouzan–Clay and Dionne Harmon.


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


See below for the complete list of 2021 “BET HIP HOP AWARDS” Official Nominees:


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 & METRO BOOMIN

THE OFF-SEASON J. COLE


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)


HIP HOP ARTIST OF THE YEAR

CARDI B

DRAKE

J. COLE

LIL BABY

MEGAN THEE STALLION

TYLER, THE CREATOR


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 NEW HIP HOP ARTIST

BLXST

COI LERAY

DON TOLIVER

MORRAY

POOH SHIESTY

YUNG BLEU


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


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


BEST INTERNATIONAL FLOW

LADIPOE (NIGERIA)

NASTY C (SOUTH AFRICA)

XAMÃ (BRAZIL)

LAYLOW (FRANCE)

GAZO (FRANCE)

LITTLE SIMZ (UK)

DAVE (UK)


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

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 & KIRK FRANKLIN WE WIN

MEEK MILL FEAT. LIL DURK PAIN AWAY

NIPSEY HUSSLE FEAT. JAY-Z WHAT IT FEELS LIKE

RAPSODY 12 PROBLEMS

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