Kanye West, Drake & Kendrick Lamar Lead the 2022 BET nominations
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Kanye West, Drake and Kendrick Lamar lead the 2022 BET Awards nominations

The nominations for this year’s BET Hip-Hop Music Awards have been revealed, with rappers, and on-again-off-again beefers, Kanye West and Drake leading the pack.

Drake’s 2021 album, Certified Lover Boy took the top spot with 14 nominations, earning the Canadian rapper a nod for Best Live Performer, Lyricist of the Year, and Hip Hop Album of the Year, among others. Kanye West, meanwhile, scored 10 nominations — largely for his work on last August’s Donda — vying for Producer of the Year, Song of the Year and more. 

The ceremony, which recognises the work of African American musicians and entertainers, will be filmed in Atlanta at the end of this month, before premiering on BET on October 4. Alongside Drake and West, Californian wordsmith, Kendrick Lamar followed with nine nominations, including Album of the Year and Artist of the Year, both for his acclaimed 2022 LP, Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers.   

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Elsewhere, Future rounds out the top four with eight nods, while Baby Keem, Cardi B, and J. Cole tied with six nominations each. Finalising the leaderboard with three nominations each were Doja Cat, Tems, and Young Thug, followed by two nominations for Jay-Z, Megan Thee Stallion, and Usher. Scroll down for a complete list of the 2022 BET Award nominees in the major categories.

The upcoming show, hosted by rapper Fat Joe, will mark BET’s second awards ceremony for 2022, having recognised the work of artists for the first half of the year in June. The Weeknd, Mary J. Blige and Will Smith were among the winners during that ceremony, while Lil Nas X publicly lamented his zero nominations by releasing a diss track titled Fuck BET on June 24.

 

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 2022 BET HIP-HOP MUSIC AWARDS NOMINEES

Best Hip Hop Video

D.M.B. — A$AP ROCKY
FAMILY TIES — BABY KEEM & KENDRICK LAMAR
GOOD LOVE — CITY GIRLS FEAT. USHER
HOT SHIT — CARDI B, KANYE WEST & LIL DURK
LONDON — BIA & J. COLE
WAIT FOR U — FUTURE FEAT. DRAKE & TEMS
WAY 2 SEXY — DRAKE FEAT. FUTURE & YOUNG THUG

Best Live Performer

CARDI B
DOJA CAT
DRAKE
J. COLE
KANYE WEST
KENDRICK LAMAR
TYLER, THE CREATOR

Lyricist of the Year

BABY KEEM
BENNY THE BUTCHER
DRAKE
J. COLE
JACK HARLOW
JAY-Z
KENDRICK LAMAR

Song of the Year

BIG ENERGY — LATTO
F.N.F. (LET’S GO) — HITKIDD & GLORILLA
FIRST CLASS — JACK HARLOW
HOT SHIT — CARDI B, KANYE WEST & LIL DURK
SUPER GREMLIN — KODAK BLACK
WAIT FOR U — FUTURE FEAT. DRAKE & TEMS
WAY 2 SEXY— DRAKE FEAT. FUTURE & YOUNG THUG

Hip Hop Album of the Year

777 — LATTO
CERTIFIED LOVER BOY — DRAKE
DONDA — KANYE WEST
I NEVER LIKED YOU — FUTURE
IT’S ALMOST DRY — PUSHA T
KING’S DISEASE II — NAS
MR. MORALE & THE BIG STEPPERS — KENDRICK LAMAR

Hip Hop Artist of the Year

CARDI B
DOJA CAT
DRAKE
FUTURE
KANYE WEST
KENDRICK LAMAR
MEGAN THEE STALLION

Best Breakthrough Hip Hop Artist

BABY KEEM
BLXST
DOECHII
FIVIO FOREIGN
GLORILLA
NARDO WICK
SAUCY SANTANA