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BET Hip Hop Awards

BET Hip Hop Awards

  • Premiered: 
    November 15, 2006
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  • Network: BET
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Award
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
  • Subject Matter: Musical
  • Tags: celebrity

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Plot Synopsis

Each year since 2006, BET has honored the best hip-hop performers, writers, producers, and directors, featuring performances by A-list hip-hop stars, as well as the show's cyphers, the program's most anticipated highlight. The awards program is taped, and shown on BET within two weeks of the event. First held at Atlanta's historic Fox Theatre on November 12, 2006, the ceremony moved to The Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center in 2007, where it has been held since. THE BET HIP HOP AWARDS have recently included the following categories: Best Hip Hop Video; Sweet 16 - Best Featured Verse; Best Live Performer; Lyricist of the Year; Video Director of the Year; Producer of the Year; Track of the Year; CD of the Year; MVP of the Year; Rookie of the Year; DJ of the Year; Best Club Banger; Made-You-Look Award (Best Hip Hop Style); Hustler of the Year; Best Mixtape; Best Hip Hop Online Site; Perfect Combo Award (Best Collabo); and People's Champ Award. In addition to these contemporary awards, the program also confers the "I Am Hip Hop" Icon Award to an individual who, during their lifetime, has made notable contributions of outstanding significance to the hip-hop community. Recipients of the "I Am Hip Hop" Award, previously known as the Icon Award, include: Grandmaster Flash (2006); KRS-One (2007); Russell Simmons (2008); Ice Cube (2009); Salt N Pepa (2010); LL Cool J (2011); MC Rakim (2012); MC Lyte (2013); Doug E. Fresh (2014); Scarface (2015); Snoop Dogg (2016); Luther 'Uncle Luke' Campbell (2017); Lil Wayne (2018); Lil' Kim (2019); Master P (2020); Nelly (2021).
The comedy group 85 South (Karlous Miller, DC Young Fly and Chico Bean) return to host the 2021 BET HIP HOP AWARDS, which premiered on Tuesday, October 5, 2021 from 9-11pm ET/PT on BET, with a simulcast on BET Her, VH1, and MTV2. Rapper and philanthropist Nelly is the recipient of the 2021 "I Am Hip Hop" Award. Performers at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre include: Young Thug, Gunna, Bia, Lil Jon, Baby Keem, and Isaiah Rashad. Nominees include Cardi B, Lil Durk, and Megan Thee Stallion, leading the pack with nine nominations each, followed by Drake with an impressive eight nods. Tyler, The Creator and Metro Boomin tie for third-most nominations securing four nods each. Other notable nominees include 21 Savage, DJ Khaled, J. Cole, and Pooh Shiesty, who received three each. Bia, Chris Brown, Doja Cat, Jay Z, Lil Nas X, Migos, Nicki Minaj, Roddy Ricch, Saweetie, Young Thug, and Yung Bleu received two nominations.


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by John Cossette Productions
  • Produced by Jesse Collins Entertainment (2012 - Present)


  • The Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center (2007-2015) - Atlanta, Georgia USA - Map It!
  • Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre (2016, 2019, 2021) - Atlanta, Georgia USA
  • The Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater (2017 & 2018) - Miami, Florida USA