BET 2008 Hip Hop Awards Nominees

September 17, 2008 by  
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2008 BET Hip Hop Awards Nominees

Best Hip Hop Video

David Banner f/ Chris Brown and Yung Joc – Get Like Me

Common – I Want You

DJ Khaled f/ Young Jeezy, Ludacris, Busta Rhymes, Big Boi, Lil Wayne, Fat Joe, Birdman and Rick Ross – I’m So Hood (The Remix)

Lil’ Wayne f/ Static – Lollipop

Snoop Dogg – Sensual Seduction

Kanye West f/ T-Pain – Good Life

Best Hip Hop Collabo

David Banner f/ Chris Brown and Yung Joc – Get Like Me

DJ Khaled f/ Young Jeezy, Ludacris, Busta Rhymes, Big Boi, Lil Wayne, Fat Joe, Birdman and Rick Ross – I’m So Hood (The Remix)

Flo Rida f/ T-Pain – Low

Plies f/ Ne-Yo – Bust It Baby Pt. 2

Kanye West f/ T-Pain – Good Life

Best Live Performer

Busta Rhymes


Lil’ Wayne


Kanye West

Lyricist of the Year


Lil’ Wayne



Kanye West

Video Director of the Year

Gil Green

R. Malcolm Jones


Chris Robinson

Hype Williams

Producer of the Year



David Banner

J.R. Rotem

The Runners

MVP of the Year

DJ Khaled


Lil’ Wayne


Kanye West

Track of the Year

A Milli – Lil’ Wayne produced by Bangladesh

Dey Know – Shawty Lo produced by Balis Beatz

Good Life – Kanye West f/ T-Pain produced by Kanye West and DJ Toomp

Lollipop – Lil’ Wayne f/ Static produced by Jim Jonsin & Deezle

Roc Boys (And the Winner Is) – Jay-Z produced by Sean Combs & The Hitmen

CD of the Year

Jay-Z – American Gangster

Lil’ Wayne – Tha Carter III

Lupe Fiasco – Lupe Fiasco’s “The Cool”

Nas – Untitled

Kanye West – Graduation

Rookie of the Year

Ace Hood

Flo Rida



Shawty Lo

DJ of the Year

DJ Drama

DJ Felli Fel

DJ Khaled

DJ Tony Neal

DJ Greg Street

Hustler of the Year

50 Cent

DJ Khaled


Lil’ Wayne

P. Diddy

Alltel Wireless People’s Champ Nominees
Lil’ Wayne – A Milli

Lupe Fiasco f/ Matthew Santos – Superstar

Plies f/ Ne-Yo – Bust It Baby Pt. 2

Rick Ross f/ Nelly and Avery Storm – Here I Am

Young Jeezy f/ Kanye West – Put On

Yung Berg f/ Casha – The Business

Hottest Hip Hop Ringtone of the Year

Flo Rida f/ T-Pain – Low

Lil’ Wayne f/ Static – Lollipop

Plies f/ Ne-Yo – Bust It Baby Pt. 2

Rocko – Umma Do Me

Yung Berg f/ Casha – The Business

Best UK Hip Hop Act


Dizzee Rascal





2008 BET Hip Hop Awards – Oct. 23, 2008

September 15, 2008 by  
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NEW YORK September 15, 2008 — BET Networks today announced the outstanding list of nominees for the annual BET HIP HOP AWARDS. Leading the pack is the “Lollipop man” Lil’ Wayne with an astounding 12 nominations, followed by Kanye West with 8 nods and Jay Z with 6 nods. There is no comparison. This years’ BET HIP HOP AWARDS will be the preeminent hip-hop event of the season! Hosted by the one and only Katt Williams, the awards will tape on Saturday, October 18 at the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center and premiere on the network on Thursday, October 23 at 8:00 p.m.*

Lil’ Wayne has had an extraordinary year and now has 12 record-breaking BET HIP HOP AWARDS nominations to prove it. Chosen from an illustrious group of music and entertainment executives, he’s been nominated for Lyricist of the Year, MVP of the Year, Hustler of the Year, CD of the Year, Best Hip Hop Video, Best Live Performer, Best Collaboration, Best Ringtone, Alltel Wireless People’s Champ and two consecutive nominations for Track of the Year with his hits “A Milli” and “Lollipop”.

This year, BET Networks will also honor Russell Simmons with the “I AM HIP HOP” Icon Award. The “I AM HIP HOP” Icon Award is presented by BET Networks to an individual who, during their lifetime, has made notable contributions of outstanding significance to the hip hop community. Simmons, recently named by USA Today as one of the “Top 25 Most Influential People of the Past 25 Years,” is an entrepreneur, philanthropist and activist who has been a trailblazer in the areas of music, fashion, television and film. He devotes over 50% of his time to philanthropic causes, focused on putting an end to poverty and ignorance. The co-founder of DefJam Records, the founder of Phat Fashions, Def Comedy Jam, Def Poetry Jam and his new Argyle Culture and Atman fashion collections, Simmons has been a hip-hop pioneer, bringing its culture to the American mainstream. It is for these reasons we celebrate his life and highlight his achievements. In a year as significant as this, let’s continue to bring change and honor an individual who’s committed to making a difference.


June 17, 2008 by  
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Hip Hop vs. America II

NEW YORK – June 17, 2008 – On Wednesday, June 25 at 8:00 p.m..* BET News premieres the second installment of its popular town hall series, HIP HOP VS. AMERICA II: WHERE DID THE LOVE GO?, a no-holds-barred discussion focusing on music videos, misogyny within the hip-hop culture, race vs. gender, the strained relationships between black men and women and the media’s role in shaping the perception of African Americans. Hip-hop culture and controversy have always made for familiar bedfellows, and with this special, BET News provides viewers with a forum to address some of the most pressing issues facing the Black community today.

Hosted by BET News correspondent Jeff Johnson and hip hop pioneer MC Lyte, this primetime special provides a platform for a heated debate that aims to uncover the cause and effect of relationships between Black men and women. This three-part special features a passionate, lively and opinionated debate that tackles many sensitive issues, including:

* the images of women on television, particularly in music videos;
* sins of sexism;
* a segment about “What’s love got to do with it?” to explore if this current climate further erodes the familial structure;
* a segment “Am I my sister’s keeper?” featuring an all-female panel that cuts across generational, socioeconomic and cultural lines;
* race vs. gender; and
* the role the media plays in shaping American and international perceptions of Black women.

Participants in HIP HOP VS. AMERICA II include David Banner (rapper/producer); Lil X (director); Talib Kweli (hip hop recording artist); Lyfe Jennings (R&B recording artist); Lola Ogunnaike (journalist); Allison Samuels (Newsweek magazine); Nelson George (author/director/producer); Kevin Powell (writer/cultural critic); Michael Eric Dyson (author/professor, Georgetown University); Deelishis London Charles (winner, Flavor of Love 2); Angel Lola Love (video model/actress); Kim Osorio (author); Fershgenet Melaku (video model/actress); Michaela Angela Davis (journalist); Esther Armah (BBC journalist); Eugene Rivers (Christian activist); Clayton Gavin (hip hop artist/activist); Marc Lamont Hill (professor, Temple University); Melissa Harris Lacewell (professor, Princeton University); Lavonne Alford (recording artist); Beverly Bond (founder, Black Girls Rock, Inc. / hip hop DJ); Moya Bailey (activist/actor); Byron Hurt (filmmaker); Henry Bonsu (journalist); Akosua Anobil-Dodoo (journalist); LaShawna Stanley (President/CEO, Ethnicity Models); Ali LeRoi (producer/writer/director); M1 Dead Prez (hip hop artist/activist); and San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris.

Part I premieres Wednesday, June 25 at 8:00 p.m. with the second hour airing on Thursday, June 26 at 8:00 p.m.(EST)

2008 BET Awards

June 3, 2008 by  
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BET Awards 2008

NEW YORK, June 3 – Actor and comedian D.L. Hughley will take the reins as the host of BET AWARDS ’08. Tagged as “the hottest ticket on television,” BET AWARDS ’08 is raising the stakes as the biggest stars in music, sports and entertainment unite under one roof at Los Angeles’ historic Shrine Auditorium on Tuesday, June 24 at 8:00 p.m. Continuing in its landmark tradition, BET AWARDS ’08 will feature LIVE performances by some of today’s hottest artists, including Usher, Lil Wayne and Nelly.

Star lineup include:

Alicia Keys, Chris Brown, Kanye West and Young Jeezy Will Join Previously Announced Performers Usher, Lil Wayne and Nelly for ‘The Hottest Ticket on Television’
Legendary R&B Icon Al Green to Receive BET’s Lifetime Achievement Award and Celebrated Producer/Arranger/Composer Quincy Jones Set for BET’s Humanitarian Award