Kendrick Lamar Leads Nominations For 2013 BET Hip Hop Awards, Snoop Dogg To Host

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Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar is definitely having a breakout year! He’s debut album good kid, m.A.A.d city is certified platinum, his radio bangers “B**ch, Don’t Kill My Vibe” and “Poetic Justice” are riding high on the charts, his verse on Big Sean’s “Control” earned him 209,000 new Twitter followers, and just to add icing on the cake, he leads the nominations for this year’s BET Hip-Hop Awards with 14 nods.

The Compton-based MC, who recently penned himself the King Of New York, is recognized in categories like Lyricist of the Year, MVP of the Year, Album of the Year and Best Hip-Hop Video. Drake came in at second place with 13 nominations and J. Cole at third with 10 nods.

Even in the height of his success and rap game domination, we can count on Kendrick to remain humble and grateful.

“It’s a privilege to be a part of it. For the most part, BET always acknowledges my talent and I always hold that as an honor, so I’m blessed,” he said following the big announcement.

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The hip-hop awards will also have a new host this year. On Thursday’s episode of “106 & Park,” Snoop Dogg (or should we say Snoop Lion?) announced he will run the show for the first time.

“I’m excited to be hosting this year’s BET Hip Hop Awards 2013,” he said, “We’re going to have fun this year and I will make it a show to remember, ya dig?! I’ll be giving a ton of surprises, showcasing my exclusive GGN News clips and bringing all my nieces and nephews to the stage for an exciting night of hip-hop.”

Stephen G. Hill, president of music programming and specials at the network, added, “We are thrilled to have Uncle Snoop preside over the ‘BET Hip Hop Awards 2013’ and bring his unique blend of humor, wit, credibility and fun to the show. Get ready for something you’ve never seen!”

The eight annual BET Hip-Hop Awards will tape on Saturday, September 28 in Atlanta and air on Tuesday, October 15.

Check out the full list of nominees below and tell us whose cypher you are most looking forward to this year.

Best Hip-Hop Video
A$AP Rocky featuring Drake, 2 Chainz & Kendrick Lamar, “Problems”
B.o.B featuring T.I. & Juicy J, “We Still In This”
J. Cole featuring Miguel, “Power Trip”
Drake, “Started From The Bottom”
Kendrick Lamar, “Don’t Kill My Vibe”

Reese’s Perfect Combo Award (Best Collabo, Duo or Group)
Ace Hood featuring Rick Ross & Future, “Bugatti”
A$AP Rocky featuring Drake, 2 Chainz & Kendrick Lamar, “Problems”
J. Cole featuring Miguel, “Power Trip”
French Montana featuring Rick Ross, Drake & Lil Wayne, “Pop That”
Kendrick Lamar featuring Drake, “Poetic Justice”
Wale featuring Tiara Thomas, “Bad”

Best Live Performer
2 Chainz
J. Cole
Jay Z
Kendrick Lamar
Kanye West

Lyricist of the Year
J. Cole
Drake
Jay Z
Kendrick Lamar
Wale

Video Director of the Year
A$AP Rocky & A$AP Ferg
Benny Boom
Director X
Dre Films
Hype Williams

DJ of the Year
DJ Drama
DJ Envy
DJ Funkmaster Flex
DJ Khaled
DJ Scream

Producer of the Year
J. Cole
Hit-Boy
DJ Mustard
Mike WiLL Made It
Pharrell Williams

MVP of the Year
2 Chainz
J. Cole
Drake
Jay Z
Kendrick Lamar

Track of the Year
“Power Trip,” Produced by J. Cole (J. Cole featuring Miguel)
“Problems,” Produced by Noah “40” Shebib (A$AP Rocky featuring Drake, 2 Chainz & Kendrick Lamar)
“Don’t Kill My Vibe,” Produced by Sounwave (Kendrick Lamar)
“Bugatti,” Produced by Mike WiLL Made It (Ace Hood featuring Rick Ross & Future)
“Started From The Bottom,” Produced by Mike Zombie & Noah “40” Shebib (Drake)

Album of the Year
J. Cole, Born Sinner
Jay Z, Magna Carta Holy Grail
Kendrick Lamar, good kid, m.A.A.d city
Nas, Life Is Good
Wale, The Gifted

Who New? Rookie of the Year
Action Bronson
A$AP Ferg
Earl Sweatshirt
Joey Bada$$
Trinidad Jame$

Hustler of the Year
Diddy
Jay Z
Kendrick Lamar
T.I.
Kanye West

Made-You-Look Award
2 Chainz
A$AP Rocky
Jay Z
Kendrick Lamar
Nicki Minaj
Kanye West

Best Hip Hop Online Site
Allhiphop.com
Complex.com
GlobalGrind.com
RapRadar.com
WorldStarHipHop.com

Best Club Banger
Ace Hood featuring Rick Ross & Future, “Bugatti” (Produced by Mike WiLL Made It)
A$AP Rocky featuring Drake, 2 Chainz & Kendrick Lamar, “Problems” (Produced by Noah “40” Shebib)
Drake, “Started From The Bottom” (Produced by Mike Zombie & Noah “40” Shebib)
French Montana featuring Rick Ross, Drake & Lil Wayne, “Pop That” (Produced by Lee on the Beats)
Trinidad Jame$, “All Gold Everything” (Produced by M.e. (Devon Gallaspy)

Best Mixtape
Big Sean, Detroit
Chance The Rapper, Acid Rap
Travi$ Scott, Owl Pharaoh
Stalley, Honest Cowboy
Trinidad Jame$, Don’t Be S.A.F.E.

Sweet 16 (Best Featured Verse)
Diddy, “Same Damn Time (Remix)” (Future featuring Diddy & Ludacris)
Drake, “Versace (Remix)” (Migos featuring Drake)
Future, “Bugatti” (Ace Hood featuring Rick Ross & Future)
Kendrick Lamar, “Problems” (A$AP Rocky featuring Drake, 2 Chainz & Kendrick Lamar)
Wiz Khalifa, “U.O.E.N.O. (Remix)” (Rocko featuring Future & Wiz Khalifa)

Impact Track
J. Cole featuring TLC, “Crooked Smile”
Jay Z featuring Justin Timberlake, “Holy Grail”
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, “Same Love”
Wale featuring Sam Dew, “LoveHate Thing”
Kanye West, “BLKKK SKKKNHEAD”

People’s Champ Award
A$AP Rocky featuring Drake, 2 Chainz & Kendrick Lamar, “Problems”
J. Cole featuring Miguel, “Power Trip”
Drake, “Started From The Bottom”
Kendrick Lamar, “Don’t Kill My Vibe”
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Mary Lambert, “Can’t Hold Us”

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