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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); and Scarface (2015); Snoop Dogg (2016). The 2016 awards, led by first-time host DJ Khaled, were taped at a new venue, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta, GA, on Saturday, September 17, and the 2016 BET HIP HOP AWARDS made its television debut three weeks later on Tuesday, October 4 at 8pm ET/PT on BET, MTV and MTV2. The "I Am Hip Hop" award honors entertainment icon and legendary rapper Snoop Dogg. Performers includes T.I., Gucci Mane, Travis Scott, and Young Thug, Desiigner, Lil Uzi Vert, Lil Yachty, 21 Savage, Dae Dae, Big Baby D.R.A.M. and Isaiah Rashad.
Hosted for the second consecutive year by multi-platinum artist and mega-producer DJ Khaled, the 2017 BET HIP HOP AWARDS premiered on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 from 8-10pm ET/PT on BET, only four days after the awards were held -- on Friday, October 6 -- at its new venue: The Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater in Miami, FL. DJ Khaled, Grammy Award winning rapper and songwriter Kendrick Lamar, and newcomer Cardi B lead all artists with nine nominations each. The "I Am Hip Hop" award returns to honor hip hop pioneer and legend Luther 'Uncle Luke' Campbell. Plus, the event features performances by DJ Khaled, Cardi B, Migos, Yo Gotti, Flo Rida, T-Pain, Playboi Carti, Plies and many more, including Rick Ross, Trina and Trick Daddy in a historic "305" medley and special appearances by Irv Gotti, Keyshia Ka'Oir, Blac Chyna and Devonta Freeman.


Production & Distribution

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


  • The Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center (2006-2015) - Atlanta, Georgia USA - Map It!
  • Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre (2016) - Atlanta, Georgia USA
  • The Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater (2017) - Miami, Florida USA