Kanye West retained his throne at the BET HIP HOP AWARDS, winning an impressive 7 awards, including Best Live Performer and Producer of the Year, at the seventh annual awards held in Atlanta, Georgia.
2 Chainz had a great night too, taking home three trophies, including the People’s Champ Award and Rookie of the Year as well as performing at the show. Rick Ross beat heavy-hitter Jay-Z for MVP of the Year, but Jay Z’s business acumen earned him the ‘Hustler of the Year’ title.
The BET HIP HOP AWARDS premieres across Africa on Saturday 13 October on TOPTV (Channel 190) and My TV at 21:00 CAT (repeated Wednesday 17, October at 23:00 CAT).
Kendrick Lamar provided the biggest upset of the night, when the rookie rapper bested veterans Nas, Jay-Z and Kanye West for Lyricist of the Year, while Drake and Lil Wayne earned the top spot in the Video of the Year category for their “HYFR” clip.
Hosted by US comedian, Mike Epps, the BET HIP HOP AWARDS delivered an exceptional night filled with Hip Hop’s biggest stars and highly anticipated performances.
Wiz Khalifa opened the show with a live band performance of “Work Hard / Play Hard” featuring Juicy J and Young Jeezy.
In a night that showcased Hip Hop at its best, other highlights included: Meek Mill’s performance of “Amen” and “Young and Gettin’ It” featuring Kirko Bangz; Kendrick Lamar introducing a medley of his popular songs, “The Recipe” and “Swimming Pools”; G.O.O.D. music star, 2 Chainz taking the stage to perform “Birthday Song” and “I’m
Different”; Rick Ross’ performance of “Hold Me Back” joined by Omarion
for their single “Ice Cold” and Atlanta’s own T.I. entertaining the crowd with newest singles “Trap Back Jumpin” and “Go Get It”.
Future featuring Diddy, French Montana, Machine Gun Kelly and Uncle Luke had
everyone on their feet with “Turn on the Lights”, “Same Damn Time”, “Wild Boy” and “Pop That”.
Closing out the show with pure star power, Violator artists reunited on stage in honour of late music mogul, Chris Lighty – a Tribe Called Quest, Missy Elliott, Busta Rhymes, Spliff Star, 50 Cent and Joe paid their respects during an unforgettable performance with some of Violator Music’s biggest hits and Chris Lighty’s personal favourites.
Rakim was presented and honoured by his peers with this year’s I AM HIP HOP ICON award for his seemingly effortless style and delivery that stems not just from Hip Hop, but from Jazz and R&B influences.
Always a key highlight at the awards are ‘The Cyphers’ – short black and white clips in which the best emcees in the business show off their best freestyling skills. Among this year’s Cyphers were Snoop Dogg, T.I., DMX, A$AP Rocky, Cassidy, Mystikal, Talib Kweli, B.o.B, Eve, Boy Jones, Brianna Perry, Childish Gambino, Chipmunk, Lil Chuckee, The Kid Daytona, Driicky Graham, E-40, YG, Hopsin, Iggy Azalea, Joey Bada$, K’La, Kendrick Lamar, Kosha Dillz; Kurupt; Mac Miller, Mystikal, Murda Mook, DJ Quik, RZA, ScHoolboy Q, Tito Lopez, Trae Tha Truth, Xzibit, Angel Haze and Ab-Soul.
Winners of the BET HIP HOP AWARDS 2012 are…
Best Hip Hop Video: “HYFR” – Drake f/ Lil Wayne
Reese’s Perfect Combo Award (Best Collabo): “Mercy” – Kanye West f/Big Sean, Pusha T & 2 Chainz
Best Live Performer: ‘The Throne’ (Jay-Z & Kanye West)
Lyricist of the Year: Kendrick Lamar
Hip Hop Video Director of the Year: Hype Williams
DJ of the Year: DJ Khaled
Producer of the Year: Kanye West
MVP of the Year: Rick Ross
Track of the Year: “Ni**as In Paris” – Produced by Kanye West, Hit-Boy and Mike Dean (The Throne – Jay-Z & Kanye West)
CD of the Year: Watch The Throne – The Throne (Jay-Z & Kanye West)
Rookie of The Year: 2 Chainz
Hustler of The Year: Jay-Z
Made-You-Look Award (Best Hip Hop Style): Kanye West
Best Club Banger: “Ni**as In Paris” – The Throne (Jay-Z & Kanye West)
Best Mixtape: “Dreamchasers2” – Meek Mill
Sweet 16: Best Featured Verse: 2 Chainz – “Mercy” (Kanye West f/ Big Sean, Pusha T & 2 Chainz)
Impact Track: “Daughters” – Nas
People’s Champ Award Powered by Verizon: 2 Chainz f/ Drake – “No Lie”
Best Hip Hop Online Site: World Star Hip Hop