Lil Wayne leads the roster of hip hop star nominees for BET Networks’ sixth annual BET Hip Hop Awards. Wayne, with 18 nominations, is followed by Kanye West and Wiz Khalifa with 9 each, and Rick Ross with 8. Actor and comedian Mike Epps will be returning as host for the third time.
Wayne is nominated for Best Hip Hop Video, Reese’s Perfect Combo Award (Best Collab), Best Live Performer, Lyricist of the Year, MVP of the Year, Track of the Year, Made-You-Look Award (Best Hip Hop Style), Best Club Banger, Sweet 16: Best Featured Verse, Hustler of the Year and two consecutive nominations for Verizon People’s Champ Award (Viewers’ Choice) with videos “Look At Me Now” and “6 Foot 7 Foot.”
Wayne has been piling on numbers prior to the BET nominations. His recently released album ‘The Charter IV’ sold 964,000 copies during the first week, giving him his third career chart-topper on the Billboard 200. iTunes alone was responsible for 300,000 sales. Above all, he outsold Jay-Z and Kanye’s “Watch The Throne” which only managed to sell 436,000 units during its first week.
The live taping will be held at the Bisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center in Atlanta on October 1 while the network premiere will be on October 11 at 8:00 pm.