Kanye second to Lil Wayne in BET Hip-Hop noms

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ATLANTA -- Lil Wayne will have another chance to show why he is the ''Best Rapper Alive.''

Wayne received 12 nominations for the third annual BET Hip-Hop Awards, which airs on Oct. 23. The rapper scored the year's best-selling album sales debut this month, with sales of 1 million copies of his new CD, ''Tha Carter III.''

Kanye West drew the second-most nominations with seven, while Jay-Z received six. T.I., who was arrested hours before he was to headline the show last year, grabbed three nominations.

The network will also recognize hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons with the ''I Am Hip-Hop'' icon award. Simmons is known for launching Def Jam Recordings with Rick Rubin.

The show will be hosted by Katt Williams for the third straight year.


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