Chris Lighty, Kanye West Steal the Show at BET Awards 2012

The BET Hip-Hop Awards are airing tonight. Here is the full list of nominees for 2012! Let's dig in. 

Best Hip-Hop Video

2 Chainz f/ Drake – “No Lie”
A$AP Rocky – “Goldie”
Drake f/ Lil’ Wayne – “HYFR”
Wale f/ Miguel – “Lotus Flower Bomb”
Kanye West, 2 Chainz, Big Sean x Pusha T – “Mercy”

Who Should Win? A$AP Rocky – “Goldie” or Wale f/ Miguel – “Lotus Flower Bomb”
Because A$AP is doing his own thing by creating his own identity, this shows in his video.
The Wale video was refreshing, it had a nice beat and was a cute little story.

Who Will Win? 2 Chainz f/ Drake – “No Lie”
Because radio rules and because everything in black and white is better. 

Reese's Perfect Combo Award

2 Chainz f/ Drake – “No Lie”
Drake f/ Lil’ Wayne x Tyga – “The Motto”
J. Cole f/ Missy Elliott – “Nobody’s Perfect”
Wale f/ Miguel – “Lotus Flower Bomb”
Kanye West, 2 Chainz, Big Sean x Pusha T – “Mercy”

Who Should Win? Kanye West, 2 Chainz, Big Sean x Pusha T – “Mercy”
Of the combinations nominated, this one is the best. 

Who Will Win? Drake f/ Lil’ Wayne x Tyga – “The Motto”
It’s Drake, people seem to like him. Don’t ask me why.

Best Live Performer

A$AP Rocky
Drake
J. Cole
The Throne (Jay-Z x Kanye West)
Kanye West

Who Should Win? A$AP Rocky
If you notice that I pick A$AP for a lot of categories, it’s just because I think he’s dope. 

Who Will Win? The Throne (Jay-Z x Kanye West)
They’re both big tickets and I’m sure they put on a good show.

Lyricit of the Year

J. Cole
Jay-Z
Kendrick Lamar
Nas
Kanye West

Who Should Win? Kendrick Lamar or Nas
Nas because well, it’s Nas. Kendrick because he’s actually very good and not like the other up and comers in hip-hop, who have less integrity as rappers than I do.

Who Will Win? Kanye West
I like Kanye he’s great and interesting but overrated. Nevertheless, he’ll win.

Video Director of the Year

A$AP Rocky x Sam Lecca
Benny Boom
Chris Robinson
Kanye West
Hype Williams

Who Should Win? A$AP Rocky x Sam Lecca
A$AP 4 LYFE. 

Who Will Win? Kanye West

Producer of the Year

Hit-Boy
J. Cole
J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League
No I.D.
Kanye West

Who Should Win? No I.D.

Who Will Win? Kanye West

MVP of the Year

2 Chainz
J. Cole
Jay-Z
Rick Ross
Kanye West

Who Should Win? Jay-Z

Who Will Win? Kanye West

Track of the Year

“Cashin’ Out” (Ca$h Out)
“I’ma Boss” (Meek Mill f/ Rick Ross)
“N–gas In Paris” (The Throne)
“No Lie” (2 Chainz f/ Drake)
“The Motto” (Drake f/ Lil’ Wayne x Tyga)

Who Should Win? “Cashin’ Out” (Ca$h Out)
There was a despairingly slim amount of tracks to choose from, so I had to work with what I got. Alas, this.


Who Will Win? “N–gas In Paris” (The Throne)
While there were some good lines in this track, “Ball so hard, I’m shocked too, I’m supposed to be locked up too you escaped what I’ve escaped You’d be in Paris getting fucked up too,” I’m afraid most people remember that wrong line.

CD of the Year

The Dreamer, The Believer (Common)
Take Care (Drake)
Cole World: The Sideline Story (J. Cole)
Watch The Throne (Jay-Z x Kanye West)
TM 103: Hustlerz Ambition (Young Jeezy)

Who Should Win? The Dreamer, The Believer (Common)
It’s Common. He’s real.

Who Will Win? Watch The Throne (Jay-Z x Kanye West)

DJ of the Year

DJ Drama
DJ Enuff
DJ Envy
Funkmaster Flex
DJ Khaled

Who Should Win? Funkmaster Flex or DJ Khaled
I’m going to admit ignorance in this category, but I didn’t know any of the names in this category except Flex and Khaled. Flex is a legend and Khaled because of this track

Who Will Win? DJ Drama

Rookie of the Year

2 Chainz
A$AP Rocky
Ca$h Out
Future
Meek Mill

Who Should Win? A$AP Rocky

Who Will Win? Meek Mill

Made You Look Award (Best Hip-Hop Style)

2 Chainz
A$AP Rocky
Big Sean
Nicki Minaj
Kanye West

Who Should Win? A$AP Rocky

Who Will Win? Nicki Minaj
Because some people find that schizophrenic, weird makeup thing she has going on, cool?

Best Club Banger

“Cashin’ Out” (Ca$h Out)
“The Motto” (Drake f/ Lil’ Wayne x Tyga)
“Same Damn Time” (Future)
“Ni–as In Paris” (The Throne)
“Mercy” (Kanye West, 2 Chainz, Big Sean x Pusha T)

Who Should Win? “Cashin’ Out” (Ca$h Out)
BECAUSE WHEN I’M IN THE CLUB I’M ALWAYS CASHIN OUT.

Who Will Win? “The Motto” (Drake f/ Lil’ Wayne x Tyga)
It’s not that bad of a song when you’re actually at the club. This song is unacceptable at all other times.

Best Mixtape

LiveLoveA$AP (A$AP Rocky)
1999 (Joey Bada$)
Dreamchasers 2 (Meek Mill)
Rich Forever (Rick Ross)
Taylor Allderdice (Wiz Khalifa)

Who Should Win? 1999 (Joey Bada$)
Dude is real.

Who Will Win? Dreamchasers 2 (Meek Mill) or Rich Forever (Rick Ross)
Dreamchasers 2 wasn’t bad there were a few sound tracks on there. Rick Ross on the other hand. Some people find his whole correctional officer vibe acceptable in hip-hop, I do not.

Sweet 16: Best Featured Verse

2 Chainz – “Mercy”
Diddy – “Same Damn Time (Remix)”
Drake – “Stay Schemin’”
Ludacris – “Same Damn Time (Remix)”
T.I. – “Magic (Remix)”

Who Should Win? Ludacris – “Same Damn Time (Remix)”
It’s Ludacris he has flow, don’t hate.
Who Will Win? Drake – “Stay Schemin’” or T.I. – “Magic (Remix)”

Hustler of the Year

2 Chainz
Jay-Z
Lil’ Wayne
Rick Ross
Kanye West

Who Should Win? None of them

Who Will Win? Jay-Z? Not sure it could really go to any of them, except Lil Wayne, never him.

Impact Track

“Around My Way (Freedom Ain’t Free)” (Lupe Fiasco)
“Bitch Bad” (Lupe Fiasco)
“Daughters” (Nas)
“Murder To Excellence” (The Throne)
And this is what I have to work with people...

Who Should Win? “Daughters” (Nas)

Who Will Win? “Murder To Excellence” (The Throne)

People's Champ Award

2 Chainz f/ Drake – “No Lie”
Driicky Graham – “Snapbacks & Tattoos”
Meek Mill f/ Rick Ross – “I’ma Boss”
The Throne – “Ni–as In Paris”
Kanye West, 2 Chainz, Big Sean x Pusha T – “Mercy”

I’m not sure what this award is even supposed to be about. I give up.

Who Should Win? 2 Chainz f/ Drake – “No Lie”

Who Will Win? Meek Mill f/ Rick Ross – “I’ma Boss”

Best Hip-Hop Online Site

Who Should & Will Win - HipHopDX.com

Closing Comments
Why are the same five songs nominated for all the categories? I’ll close this out with a quote from DMX. “Just cause you black and wear jewelry doesn't make you a rapper. Some of them is cheatin."

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