What To Expect From This Year’s BET HipHop Awards

I’ve never been one for award shows, but I am think maybe this year will change. I honestly just don’t like T.V. and can’t find time to really sit down for hours to witness an award ceremony, either way though, this year seems worthy of an hour or two. If anything, it’s worth watching because this past year has prodeuced some hellafied albums and new artists.

Culture, DAMN., and Grateful are all being called to judgement for album of the year along with JAY’s 4:44, FUTURE, and 4 Your Eyez Only. (Click those links for more individual album info.) A pretty tight call, but only proof to how solid this year was when it came to quality music. FUTURE has major hits from this summer, yet I think Culture topped that tracklist. J Cole produced a thoughtful album with his latest project, yet will probably walk away sans award. His music just isn’t as mainstream as his competitors. That leaves 4:44, Grateful, and Kendrick’s DAMN.. Hopefully Khaled’s oddly constructed album falls to the way side. I know JAY Z’s album was great for the culture, but might still slip between the cracks with popularity. It will probably come down to the Migos, JAY, and Kung Fu Kenny. My guess is that Culture takes the win, but I wouldn’t mind a nod to Kendrick.

Although I pray Khaled doesn’t bring home a win for Best Album, I do only wish the best for the Florida native. He is also hosting the award show and up for 9 nominations that night. He is up for Producer of the Year, Hustler of the Year, Best DJ of the Year, Best Collabo, and more. I may have not like his album, but that doesn’t mean Khaled didn’t get the hottest artists out right now all on one tracklist that was executively produced his newly born son. Somebody better give this man at least two trophies.

There is bound to be a win or two for Khaled, but he isn’t the only one with 9 nominations. Kendrick Lamar and rookie Cardi B are both tied with Khaled for the most noms of the night. Chance The Rapper and JAY Z are on 5 different tickets and have Future and Migos following behind with a strong 4. Cardi B is actually up against the Migos for a few of them. Yet, she confirmed that her man Offset will be rooting for her through it all. Good look Offset, way to be a team player.

(For all nominees, scroll to the bottom. I put my choices for the win in bold.)

So far, no performances have been confirmed, but last year they defitely had some heavy hitters come out. I am mainly just excited to see the turn out and who will walk away with the most awards under their belt. Personally, I am rooting for Cardi B.

If you don’t really get why she is up for that many awards, check out my latest article on the New York artist here.

She definitely deserves some recognition, but who do you guys think is going to take home the most and why? Let me know in the comments.


 Best Hip-Hop Video

Cardi B – “Bodak Yellow”

DJ Khaled f/ Rihanna, Bryson Tiller – “Wild Thoughts”

French Montana f/ Swae Lee – “Unforgettable”

Future – “Mask Off”

Kendrick Lamar – “Humble.”

Best Collabo, Duo or Group

DJ Khaled f/ Rihanna, Bryson Tiller – “Wild Thoughts”

French Montana f/ Swae Lee – “Unforgettable”

Migos f/ Lil Uzi Vert – “Bad And Boujee”

Rae Sremmurd f/ Gucci Mane – “Black Beatles”

Yo Gotti f/ Nicki Minaj – “Rake It Up”



Hot Ticket Performer

Cardi B

Chance the Rapper


J. Cole

Kendrick Lamar


Lyricist of the Year

Chance the Rapper


J. Cole

Jay Z

Kendrick Lamar


Video Director of the Year

Benny Boom

Colin Tilley

Dave Meyers and Missy Elliott

Director X

Hype Williams

Album of the Year

DJ Khaled – Grateful

Future – FUTURE

J. Cole – 4 Your Eyez Only

Jay Z – 4:44

Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.

Migos – Culture



Producer of the Year

DJ Khaled and Nasty Beatmakers

DJ Mustard

London on Da Track

Metro Boomin

Mike Will Made-It

Pharrell Williams


MVP of the Year

Cardi B

Chance the Rapper

DJ Khaled

Jay Z

Kendrick Lamar


Single of the Year

“Bad and Boujee”

“Bodak Yellow”


“Mask Off”

“Wild Thoughts”


Hustler of the Year

Cardi B

Chance the Rapper


DJ Khaled

Jay Z

Kendrick Lamar


Made-You-Look Award

ASAP Rocky

Cardi B



Nicki Minaj


Best Mixtape

Cardi B – Gangsta Bitch Music Vol. 2

Gucci Mane – Droptopwop

Juicy J – Gas Face

Playboi Carti – Playboi Carti

Tee Grizzley – My Moment

Yo Gotti, Mike Will Made-It – Gotti Made-It


Best New Hip-Hop Artist

Cardi B


Kodak Black

Playboi Carti

Tee Grizzley


DJ of the Year

DJ Drama

DJ Envy

DJ Esco

DJ Khaled

DJ Mustard


Sweet 16: Best Featured Verse

Chance the Rapper – “I’m the One”

Gucci Mane – “Black Beatles”

Lil Uzi Vert – “Bad and Boujee”

Nicki Minaj – “Rake It Up”

Ty Dolla Sign – “Ain’t Nothing”

Wiz Khalifa – “Ain’t Nothing”


Impact Track

Cardi B – “Bodak Yellow”

Jay Z – “The Story of O.J.”

Kendrick Lamar – “Humble.”

Kendrick Lamar – “DNA.”

Lecrae f/ Ty Dolla Sign – “Blessings”

Tyler, the Creator f/ ASAP Rocky – “Who Dat Boy”

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