Kanye West Scores Seven BET Hip Hop Awards
October 10, 2012 at 3:55 AM (PT)
This year marked the seventh annual BET HIP HOP AWARDS hosted by MIKE EPPS. The BET HIP HOP AWARDS delivered an night filled with hip hop's biggest stars and highly anticipated performances.
WIZ KHALIFA opened the show with a performance of "Work Hard/Play Hard" featuring JUICY J and YOUNG JEEZY accompanied by a live band. Other highlights included MEEK MILL's performance of "Amen" and "Young and Getting' It" featuring KIRKO BANGZ; KENDRICK LAMAR introducing a medley of his popular songs, "The Recipe" and "Swimming Pools;" G.O.O.D. music star 2 CHAINZ taking the stage to perform "Birthday Song" and "I'm Different," RICK ROSS' performance of "Hold Me Back" joined by OMARION for their single "Ice Cold;" ATLANTA's own T.I. entertaining the crowd with newest singles "Trap Back Jumpin" and "Go Get It;" Future featuring DIDDY, FRENCH MONTANA, MACHINE GUN KELLY and UNCLE LUKE had everyone on their feet with "Turn on the Lights," "Same Damn Time," "Wild Boy" and "Pop That;" and closing out the show, VIOLATOR artists reunited on stage in honor of music executive, CHRIS LIGHTY culminated with a TRIBE CALLED QUEST, MISSY ELLIOTT, BUSTA RHYMES, SPLIFF STAR, 50 CENT and FAT JOE paid their respect during an performance with some of VIOLATOR MUSIC's biggest hits and CHRIS LIGHTY's personal favorites.
RAKIM was presented and honored by his peers with this year's "I AM HIP HOP ICON" Award for his seemingly effortless style and delivery that stems not just from Hip-Hop, but from Jazz and R&B influences.
Best Hip Hop Video: "HYFR" - DRAKE f/ LIL WAYNE
Reese's Perfect Combo Award (Best Collabo): "Mercy" - KANYE WEST f/ BIG SEAN, PUSHA T & 2 CHAINZ
Best Live Performer: The Throne (JAY-Z & KANYE WEST)
Lyricist of the Year: KENDRICK LAMAR
Hip Hop Video Director of the Year: HYPE WILLIAMS
DJ of the Year: DJ KHALED
Producer of the Year: KANYE WEST
MVP of the Year: RICK ROSS
Track of the Year: "Ni**as In Paris" - Produced by KANYE WEST, HIT-BOY and MIKE DEAN (THE THRONE -- JAY-Z & KANYE WEST)
CD of the Year: Watch The Throne - THE THRONE (JAY-Z & KANYE WEST)
Rookie of The Year: 2 CHAINZ
Hustler of The Year: JAY-Z
Made-You-Look Award (Best Hip Hop Style): KANYE WEST
Best Club Banger: "Ni**as In Paris" - THE THRONE (JAY-Z & KANYE WEST)
Best Mixtape: "Dreamchasers2" - MEEK MILL
Sweet 16: Best Featured Verse: 2 CHAINZ - "Mercy" (KANYE WEST f/ BIG SEAN, PUSHA T & 2 CHAINZ)
Impact Track: "Daughters" - NAS
People's Champ Award Powered by Verizon: 2 CHAINZ f/ DRAKE - "No Lie"
Best Hip Hop Online Site: World Star Hip Hop