BET Hip-Hop Awards 2016

Ty P.


Desiigner Performing “Timmy Turner” at the BET Hip-Hop Awards 2016.

On October 4th the BET or Black Entertainment Television held their 10th annual Hip Hop Awards at the Cobb Energy Centre in Atlanta, this year hosted by DJ Khaled. For the third consecutive year, Drake led all nominees and was also the most well-known. One of the main focuses of this year’s event was the “#BlackLivesMatter” trend.

#BlackLivesMatter is an ongoing trend that has no signs of slowing down. There were even some BLM special performances, including LeCrae’s spoken word performance about the current issue.

“It’s something I never do / After Philando, man, I’m wondering where was you? They ask for your opinion / All you thinking is revenue / Never do / I pray to God he make you a better you.” T.I. considered to have the best part of the BLM portion, while he performed “We Will Not” and was joined on stage by people holding signs reading “us or else” and “fight the power”.

This year there were thirteen performances and six cyphers. Some of the performances this year included “Timmy Turner – Desiigner, Push it and Cut it – O.T. Genasis, Last Time – Gucci Mane ft. Travis Scott, Pick up the Phone – Gucci Mane ft. Young Thug and Quavo and We Will Not – T.I.” The 6 cyphers this year, which are freestyle rap battles between two or more people. Considered the most popular cypher of the event, was the battle between Lil’ Wayne and Chocolate Droppa, or as most people know him the comedian Kevin Hart.

There was a total of 18 different awards to be won, with many nominees in the running. The 18 awards and their corresponding nominees were:

Winners in bold:

Best Hip-Hop Video
-2 Chainz – Watch Out
-Desiigner – Panda
-DJ Khaled F/ Jay Z & Future – I Got the Keys
-Drake – Hotline Bling
-Fat Joe & Remy Ma F/ French Montana & Infared – All the Way Up
-Kanye West F/ Rihanna – Famous
Best Collabo, Duo or Group
-DJ Khaled F/ Drake – For Free
-DJ Khaled F/ Jay Z & Future – I Got the Keys
-Drake & Future – Jumpman
-Drake F/ Wizkid & Kyla – One Dance
-Fat Joe & Remy Ma F/ French Montana & Infared – All the Way Up
Best Live Performer
-J. Cole
-Kanye West
-Kendrick Lamar
Lyricist of the Year
-Chance the Rapper
-J. Cole
-Kanye West
-Kendrick Lamar
Video Director of the Year
-Benny Boom
-Colin Tilley
-Director X
-Hype Williams
-Kanye West
DJ of the Year
-DJ Drama
-DJ Envy
-DJ Esco
-DJ Khaled
-DJ Mustard
Producer of the Year
-DJ Mustard
-Dr. Dre
-Metro Boomin
-Mike WiLL Made-It
-Pharrell Williams
MVP of the Year 
-DJ Khaled
-Kanye West
-Kendrick Lamar
Track of the Year
-All the Way Up – Produced By Cool & Dre and Edsclusive (Fat Joe & Remy Ma F/ French Montana & Infared)
-Controlla – Produced By BOI-1DA (Drake)
-Hotline Bling – Produced By Nineteen85 (Drake)
-I Got the Keys – Produced By Southside (DJ Khaled F/ Jay Z & Future)
-Panda – Produced By Menace (Desiigner)
Album of the Year
-DJ Khaled – I Changed A Lot
-Dr. Dre – Compton
-Drake – Views
-Fetty Wap – Fetty Wap
-Future -DS2
-Kanye West – The Life of Pablo
Best New Hip-Hop Artist
-Anderson .Paak
-Bryson Tiller
-Chance the Rapper
-Tory Lanez
Hustler of the Year
-DJ Khaled
-Jay Z
-Kanye West
Made-You-Look Award (Best Hip-Hop Style)
-A$AP Rocky
-Kanye West
-Nicki Minaj
Best Hip Hop Online Site/App
Best Mixtape
-Chance the Rapper – Coloring Book
-French Montana – Wave Gods (Hosted By Max B)
-Future – Purple Reign
-Lil Uzi Vert – Lil Uzi Vert VS. The World
-Young Thug – Slime Season 3
Sweet 16: Best Featured Verse
-2 Chainz – No Problem (Chance the Rapper F/ Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz)
-Drake – Work (Rihanna F/ Drake)
-Kendrick Lamar – Freedom (Beyoncé F/ Kendrick Lamar)
-Kodak Black – Lockjaw (French Montana F/ Kodak Black)
-Nicki Minaj – Down In the DM – Remix (Yo Gotti F/ Nicki Minaj)
Impact Track
-J. Cole – Love Yourz
-Jay Z – Spiritual
-Jidenna – Long Live The Chief
-Raury F/ Key – Trap Tears
-Sir The Baptist F/ ChuchPeople – Raise Hell
People’s Champ Award 
-Desiigner – Panda
-DJ Khaled F/ Drake – For Free
-Fat Joe & Remy Ma F/ French Montana & Infared – All the Way Up
-O.T. Genasis F/ Young Dolph – Cut It
-Travis Scott – Antidote
-Young Thug – Best Friend

Many of the awards contained Drake as a nominee, as he was nominated 14 times, followed by Future with ten, DJ Khaled with nine, and Kanye West with eight. One of the most highly anticipated award races was for the “Best New Hip-Hop Artist,” which included Anderson .Paak, Chance the Rapper, Tory Lanez, Bryson Tiller, and Desiigner. Those nominees excluding Anderson .Paak are all 24 years of age or younger, with Anderson being 30. Tory Lanez was also one of six non-American born nominees along with fellow Canadians Drake and Director X, J. Cole born in Germany, Wizkid from Nigeria and Nicki Minaj born in Trinidad and Tobago.

The BET Awards were everything people were expecting them to be once again, and they continue to go strong for 10 years and counting and have no signs of stopping. Drake once again was a centerpiece this year, along with DJ Khaled, but also the current social media trend sweeping the nation, “#BlackLivesMatter” continues to be a major topic in North America.


Kendrick Lamar, winner of the “Best Lyricist of the Year, and Best Live Performer of the Year.”


Chance the Rapper, winner of “The Best New Hip-Hop Artist and Best Mixtape with Coloring Book.”


Drake, winner of “Best Hip-Hop Video of the Year with “Hotline Bling” and Best Album of the Year with Views.”


Metro Boomin, winner of “Producer of the Year.”



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