Cardi B and Drake Dominate BET's Hip Hop Awards Nominations

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Continuing a trend that played out on the Billboard charts earlier this year, Drake and Cardi B are sitting happy atop the BET Hip Hop Awards heap this year, racking up 21 nominations collectively.


Drake leads the entire field with 11 nominations, including nods for Album of the Year, for Scorpion, and Lyricist of the Year. Cardi B follows closely behind, however, with 10 nominations of her own, and faces off against her chart rival in several categories, including “Hustler of the Year” and “Sweet 16,” which awards the best featured verse.

Both artists had record-breaking years in 2018. With Invasion of Privacy, Cardi broke Beyoncé’s record for having the most simultaneous Billboard US Hot 100 entries by a female artist. All 13 of the albums’ tracks cracked the Hot 100. She was also the first female rapper to get two Billboard number one songs.


For his part, Drake broke a record held by none other than the Beatles; seven songs from Scorpion cracked Billboard’s Top 10 singles chart this year, eclipsing the Beatles’ record of five.

Trailing behind Drake and Cardi is Childish Gambino, who is nominated for six awards, and Travis Scott and Kendrick Lamar, both nominated for five awards.

Queen Bey also earned a couple nominations for her work alongside husband, Jay-Z: “Apesh*t” garnered a Single of the Year nod, and their joint album, Everything Is Love, was nominated for Album of the Year.

And what about that other Queen? Nicki Minaj earned two nominations this year, one for the “Made You Look” category, which rewards the person with the “best hip-hop style” and another for “Sweet 16.” She faces off against Cardi B in both categories.


Regardless of who wins, I can’t wait to see the seating arrangments.

Perhaps the most controversial nominee this year is XXXTentacion; the popular soundcloud rapper who was also accused of beating his pregnant ex-girlfriend was nominated posthumously for “Best New Artist.”


The awards will be held on Saturday, Oct. 6, and broadcast on Tuesday, Oct. 16.

Check out the full nominee list below:

Best Hip-Hop Video

Cardi B - I Like It Feat. Bad Bunny & J Balvin

Childish Gambino - This Is America

Drake - God’s Plan

Kendrick Lamar – Loyalty Feat. Rihanna

Migos - Walk It Talk It Feat. Drake

Hot Ticket Performer

Cardi B

Childish Gambino


Kendrick Lamar

Travis Scott

Album of the Year

Cardi B - Invasion Of Privacy

Drake - Scorpion

J. Cole - KOD

Migos - Culture II

The Carters - Everything Is Love

Video Director of the Year

Benny Boom

Dave Meyers & The Little Homies

Director X

Eif Rivera

Hiro Murai

Karena Evans

Lyricist of the Year

Childish Gambino


J. Cole

Kendrick Lamar

Travis Scott

MVP of the Year

Cardi B

Childish Gambino


J. Cole

Travis Scott

Producer of the Year

Ben Billions

DJ Esco

DJ Mustard

Metro Boomin

Pharrell Williams

Best Collabo, Duo or Group

21 Savage & Offset & Metro Boomin - Ric Flair Drip

BlocBoy JB - Look Alive Feat. Drake

Cardi B - I Like It Feat. Bad Bunny & J Balvin

Post Malone – Rockstar Feat. 21 Savage

The Carters – Apesh*t

Single of the Year

Apesh*t - Produced By Pharrell (The Carters)

God’s Plan - Produced By Cardo, Young Exclusive and Boi-1da (Drake)

I Like It - Produced By Craig Kallman, JWhiteDidIt and Tainy (Cardi B Feat. Bad Bunny & J Balvin)

Nice For What - Produced By Murda Beatz (Drake)

This Is America - Produced By Donald Glover & Ludwig Goransson (Childish Gambino)


Best New Hip-Hop Artist

BlocBoy JB

Juice Wrld

Lil Baby

Rich The Kid


Best Mixtape

BlocBoy JB - Simi

Future - Beast Mode 2

Juicy J – Shut Da F* Up

Lil Wayne - Dedication 6: Reloaded

Zoey Dollaz - Sorry Not Sorry

Sweet 16: Best Featured Verse

21 Savage - “Bartier Cardi” (Cardi B Feat. 21 Savage)

Cardi B - “Motorsport” (Migos Feat. Cardi B & Nicki Minaj)

Drake - “Look Alive” (BlocBoy JB Feat. Drake)

Kendrick Lamar - “New Freezer” (Rich The Kid Feat. Kendrick Lamar)

Nicki Minaj - “Big Bank” (YG Feat. 2 Chainz, Big Sean & Nicki Minaj)

Impact Track

Childish Gambino - This Is America

Dej Loaf & Leon Bridges - Liberated

Lecrae - I’ll Find You Feat. Tori Kelly

Meek Mill – Stay Woke Feat. Miguel

N.E.R.D - 1,000 Feat. FUTURE

DJ of the Year

Calvin Harris

DJ Envy

DJ Drama

DJ Khaled

DJ Mustard

Made-You-Look Award (Best Hip-Hop Style)

Cardi B


Nicki Minaj

Remy Ma

Travis Scott

Best Hip-Hop Online Site/App



Hot New Hip Hop



Hustler of the Year

Cardi B

DJ Khaled



Kendrick Lamar

Travis Scott

Staff writer, The Root.

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Ma’am. Did you really use of photo of Drake experiencing yuck mouf? Did he brush his teeth with Kraft singles?