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2012 BET Hip-Hop Awards: Kanye West Earns 17 Nominations

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Kanye West dominated the hip-hop world in 2012 and was rewarded with a whopping 17 nominations for the 2012 BET Hip-Hop Awards. West’s 17 nods are amazing considering the show only has 19 total categories.

Following behind West are 2 Chainz (who takes his place among the greats with 13 nominations) and Drake (who scored 11). West’s widely-varied noms include Best Video of the Year for ‘Mercy,’ Impact Track for ‘Murder to Excellence’ with Jay-Z, MVP of the Year, Hustler of the Year, Producer of the Year, and Video Director of the Year.

The most awkward category has to be Best Live Performer, where Kanye competes against his collaboration with Jay-Z, the Throne. Who does Kanye root for in that category? Does he want to win as a solo artist, or for his team-up with his ‘N—-s in Paris’ partner?

One of the big oversights seems to be Nicki Minaj, who received just one nomination, and that wasn’t even for her music. She’s up for the Made You Look Award, which recognizes the most fashionable artist, against West, 2 Chainz, Big Sean and A$AP Rocky.

The 2012 BET Hip-Hop Awards take place on Sept. 29 at the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center and air on Oct. 9. Comedian Mike Epps hosts for the fourth year in a row.

2012 BET Hip-Hop Awards Nominees:

Best Hip-Hop Video:
2 Chainz feat. Drake – ‘No Lie’
A$AP Rocky – ‘Goldie’
Drake feat. Lil Wayne – ‘HYFR’
Wale feat. Miguel – ‘Lotus Flower Bomb’
Kanye West, 2 Chainz, Big Sean and Pusha T – ‘Mercy’

Reese’s Perfect Combo Award:
2 Chainz Feat. Drake – ‘No Lie’
Drake Feat. Lil Wayne and Tyga – ‘The Motto’
J. Cole Feat. Missy Elliott – ‘Nobody’s Perfect’
Wale Feat. Miguel – ‘Lotus Flower Bomb’
Kanye West, 2 Chainz, Big Sean and Pusha T – ‘Mercy’

Best Live Performer:
A$AP Rocky
J. Cole
The Throne (Jay-Z and Kanye West)
Kanye West

Lyricist of the Year:
J. Cole
Kendrick Lamar
Kanye West

Video Director of the Year:
A$AP Rocky and Sam
Benny Boom
Chris Robinson
Kanye West
Hype Williams

Producer of the Year:
J. Cole
J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League
No I.D.
Kanye West

MVP of the Year:
2 Chainz
J. Cole
Rick Ross
Kanye West

Track of the Year:
‘Cashin’ Out’ – Ca$h Out
‘I’ma Boss’ – Meek Mill feat. Rick Ross
‘Ni**as in Paris’ – The Throne
‘No Lie’ – 2 Chainz feat. Drake
‘The Motto’ – Drake feat. Lil Wayne and Tyga

CD of the Year:
‘The Dreamer, The Believer’ – Common
‘Take Care’ – Drake
‘Cole World: The Sideline Story’ – J. Cole
‘Watch The Throne’ – Jay-Z and Kanye West
‘Thug Motivation 103: Hustlerz Ambition’ – Young Jeezy

DJ of the Year:
DJ Drama
DJ Enuff
DJ Envy
Funkmaster Flex
DJ Khaled

Rookie of the Year:
2 Chainz
A$AP Rocky
Ca$h Out
Meek Mill

Made You Look Award (Best Hip-Hop Style):
2 Chainz
A$AP Rocky
Big Sean
Nicki Minaj
Kanye West

Best Club Banger:
‘Cashin’ Out’ (Ca$h Out)
‘The Motto’ – Drake feat. Lil Wayne and Tyga
‘Same Damn Time’ – Future
‘Ni**as in Paris’ – The Throne
‘Mercy’ – Kanye West, 2 Chainz, Big Sean and Pusha T

Best Mixtape:
‘LiveLoveA$AP’ – A$AP Rocky
‘1999’ – Joey Bada$$
‘Dreamchasers 2′ – Meek Mill
‘Rich Forever’ – Rick Ross
‘Taylor Allderdice’ – Wiz Khalifa

Sweet 16: Best Featured Verse:
2 Chainz – ‘Mercy’
P. Diddy – ‘Same Damn Time (Remix)’
Drake – ‘Stay Schemin”
Ludacris – ‘Same Damn Time (Remix)’
T.I. – ‘Magic (Remix)’

Hustler of the Year:
2 Chainz
Lil Wayne
Rick Ross
Kanye West

Impact Track:
‘Around My Way (Freedom Ain’t Free)’ – Lupe Fiasco
‘Bitch Bad’ – Lupe Fiasco
‘Daughters’ – Nas
‘Murder to Excellence’ – The Throne

People’s Champ Award:
2 Chainz feat. Drake – ‘No Lie’
Driicky Graham – ‘Snapbacks & Tattoos’
Meek Mill feat. Rick Ross – ‘I’ma Boss’
The Throne – ‘Ni**as in Paris’
Kanye West, 2 Chainz, Big Sean and Pusha T – ‘Mercy’

Next: Check Out the Top Hip-Hop Songs of 2012 (So Far)

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