Atlantic Records Dominates BET Hip-Hop Awards w. 25 Nods Nominations
NEW YORK, NY -- The Atlantic Records Group has garnered by far the most nominations of any label for this year's BET Hip-Hop Awards, with a spectacular total of 25. The company's impressive showing is topped by a huge year for Grand Hustle/Atlantic rapper T.I., who picked up a stunning 8 nods -- the most of any nominee -- including Hip-Hop Video of the Year and Hip-Hop Track of the Year for his #1 single, "What You Know"; Hip-Hop CD of the Year for his RIAA platinum-selling album, "KING"; Best Collaboration for his duet on Grand Hustle labelmate Young Dro's "Shoulder Lean"; as well as Hip-Hop MVP of the Year, Lyricist of the Year, Best Live Performance, and the Hip-Hop Hustler Award. In addition, "ATL," the film in which T.I. made his acclaimed acting debut earlier this year, picked up a nomination for Best Hip-Hop Movie.
Yung Joc scored big with 5 nominations. The Bad Boy artist is up for Hip-Hop Rookie of the Year, Hip-Hop MVP of the Year, and Best Live Performance, while his hit single, "It's Goin' Down," is up for Hip-Hop Video of the Year and Hip-Hop Track of the Year.
1st & 15th/Atlantic newcomer Lupe Fiasco is on the ballot with an impressive 4 nominations, including Hip-Hop Video of the Year for his single, "Kick, Push"; Hip-Hop CD of the Year for his debut album, "LUPE FIASCO'S FOOD & LIQUOR"; Hip-Hop Rookie of the Year; and Lyricist of the Year.
Madhouse/Atlantic artist Cham, whose "Ghetto Story" featuring Alicia Keys is up for Best Collaboration, also brings in a nomination for Hip-Hop Rookie of the Year. Grand Hustle/Atlantic artist Young Dro is nominated for Hip-Hop Dance of the Year and Best Collaboration -- along with T.I. -- for his #1 summer hit, "Shoulder Lean."
Rounding out the Atlantic slate of nominees are Bad Boy's Diddy for Hip-Hop Hustler Award, Goldmind/Atlantic artist Missy Elliott for Best Live Performance, and SwishaHouse/Asylum's Paul Wall for Best Collaboration on Nelly's track "Grillz."
The BET Hip-Hop Awards will air on BET at 8 p.m. Wednesday, November 15th. T.I. and Young Dro are among the artists confirmed to perform on the show.