T.I. leads the pack for the BET Hip-Hop Awards with nine nominations, including best collaboration, best live performance, CD of the year and lyricist of the year. Other artists with multiple nods include Lil’ Wayne with seven, Chicago rappers Kanye West with six, and Common with five, Jay-Z with four, Ludacris and 50 Cent with three and Diddy and UGK with two. The latter will be honored with the ‘‘I Am Hop Hop’’ Icon Award during the ceremony. ...
Nelly, Lil’ Wayne, West and Common are scheduled to perform at the event, to be held Oct. 13 at the Civic Center in Atlanta. Comedian Katt Williams will host the show, which will air four days later on BET.
This year, BET has partnered with British music entities MTV Base and 1 Xtra BBC to create the new best U.K. hip-hop award, which will be announced Oct. 1.