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Lil Wayne Leads BET Hip-Hop Awards Nominees Pack With 18

By Allen Starbury   /   Published 09/08/11

Lil WayneLil Wayne just can't lose, can he? Fresh off reports of Tha Carter IV selling nearly 1 million copies in its first week, the YMCMB rapper hit a new milestone as well, by leading all artists with a record-breaking 18 nominations at the upcoming 2011 BET Hip-Hop Awards.

Weezy scored nods at the upcoming show, set to tape in Atlanta on October, in several big categories -- including Lyricist of the Year, MVP of the Year, and Video of the Year for his contribution to "I'm On One" and "Look at Me Now".

For MVP honors, he is up against his Young Money protege Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross, Kanye West, and newcomer Wiz Khalifa. And, for Best Hip-Hop Video, Weezy is up against Big Sean's "My Last," Eminem's Rihanna-assisted "Love The Way You Lie," and Kanye West's "All of the Lights."

Trailing Weezy is Kanye West and Wiz Khalifa, who tied with nine nods each; Rick Ross follows with eight; and Chris Brown nabbed six nomination.

Minaj is the only female rapper to be nominated this year, landing noms for Lyricist of the Year, and CD of the Year for her breakthrough debut, Pink Friday.

CD of the Year honors goes to Big Sean with Finally Famous, Lupe Fiasco with Lasers, Nicki Minaj's Pink Friday, Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, and Wiz Khalifa with Rolling Papers.

The sixth annual BET Hip-Hop Awards will be taped at the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center in Atlanta on October 1, and will air on BET on October 11th.

Actor/comedian Mike Epps will serve as host for the third year in a row.

Below is a full list of nominees:

Best Hip-Hop Video
Big Sean f/ Chris Brown – "My Last"
Chris Brown f/ Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes – "Look at Me Now"
DJ Khaled f/ Drake, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne – "I'm on One"
Eminem f/ Rihanna – "Love the Way You Lie"
Kanye West f/ Rihanna – "All of the Lights"

Reese's Perfect Combo Award (Best Collab)
Ace Hood f/ Rick Ross & Lil Wayne – "Hustle Hard (Remix)"
Big K.R.I.T. f/ Ludacris & Bun B – "Country Sh*t (Remix)"
Chris Brown f/ Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes – "Look at Me Now"
DJ Khaled f/ Drake, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne – "I'm on One"
Lupe Fiasco f/ Trey Songz – "Out of My Head"

Best Live Performer
Busta Rhymes
Cee-Lo Green
Jay-Z
Lil Wayne
Kanye West

Lyricist of the Year
Jay-Z
Lil Wayne
Nicki Minaj
Rick Ross
Kanye West

Video Director of the Year
Gil Green
Anthony Mandler
Chris Robinson
Kanye West
Hype Williams

Producer of the Year
J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League
Kane Beatz
Lex Luger
No I.D.
Kanye West, Emile, Jeff Bhasker & Mike Dean

MVP of the Year
Lil Wayne
Nicki Minaj
Rick Ross
Kanye West
Wiz Khalifa

Track of the Year
"6 Foot 7 Foot" – Produced by Bangladesh (Lil Wayne f/ Cory Gunz)
"Black and Yellow" – Produced by Stargate (Wiz Khalifa)
"I'm on One" – Produced by T-Minus (DJ Khaled f/ Drake, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne)
"Look at Me Now" – Produced by Diplo & Afrojack (Chris Brown f/ Lil Wayne &
Busta Rhymes)
"My Last" – Produced by Lex Luger (Big Sean f/ Chris Brown)

CD of the Year
Big Sean – Finally Famous
Lupe Fiasco – Lasers
Nicki Minaj – Pink Friday
Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Wiz Khalifa – Rolling Papers

DJ of the Year
DJ Drama
DJ Enuff
DJ Envy
DJ Khaled
DJ Prostyle

Rookie of the Year
Big K.R.I.T.
Big Sean
Frank Ocean
Diggy Simmons
Tyler, the Creator
Wiz Khalifa

Made-You-Look Award (Best Hip-Hop Style)
Jay-Z
Lil Wayne
Nicki Minaj
Kanye West
Wiz Khalifa

Best Club Banger
Ace Hood – "Hustle Hard" (Produced by Lex Luger)
DJ Khaled f/ Drake, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne – "I'm on One" (Produced by T-Minus)
Lil Wayne f/ Cory Gunz – "6 foot 7 Foot" (Produced by Bangladesh)
Waka Flocka Flame – "No Hands" (Produced by Lex Luger)
Wiz Khalifa – "Black and Yellow" (Produced by Stargate)
YC Worldwide f/ Future – "Racks" (Produced by Sonny Digital)

Best Mixtape
Big K.R.I.T. – Return of 4Eva
B.o.B – No Genre
J. Cole – Friday Night Lights
Kendrick Lamar – Section .80
Frank Ocean – Nostalgia, Ultra

Sweet 16: Best Featured Verse
Busta Rhymes – "Look at Me Now" (Chris Brown f/ Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes)
Lil Wayne – "Motivation" (Kelly Rowland f/ Lil Wayne)
Nicki Minaj – "Monster" (Kanye West f/ Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj and Bon Iver)
Wiz Khalifa – "Bright Lights, Bigger City" (Cee-Lo Green f/ Wiz Khalifa)
Wiz Khalifa – "Till I'm Gone" (Tinie Tempah f/ Wiz Khalifa)

Hustler of the Year
Diddy
Jay-Z
Lil Wayne
Rick Ross
Kanye West

Verizon People's Champ Award (Viewers' Choice)
Chris Brown f/ Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes – "Look at Me Now"
Lil Wayne f/ Cory Gunz – "6 Foot 7 Foot"
Nicki Minaj f/ Drake – "Moment 4 Life"
Kanye West f/ Rihanna – "All of the Lights"
Wiz Khalifa – "Black and Yellow"