By Sonya Magett, EnStarz | Sep 13, 2012 07:13 PM EDT
A$AP Rocky & Mike Epps unveiled the nominees for this year's BET Hip-Hop Awards nominees on "106 & Park."
Kanye West received the most nominations with 17. The nods for West were across several categories- as a producer, performer and director. Some of the nominations were for his collaboration with Jay-Z for the 2011 hit album, "Watch the Throne."
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Rapper 2 Chainz scored the second highest number of nods with13 nominations and Drake earned 11.
Epps announced that the award ceremony will pay a tribue to music mogul Chris Lighty. Lighty died on Thursday, Aug.30, from an apparent suicide.
A$SAP Rocky performed at the 2012 MTv VMAs on Thursday, Sept.6. He opened the show with Rihanna, who performed her latest single "Cockiness" which features Rocky's guest verse.
View the complete list of nominees below:
MVP Of The Year: 2 Chainz, J. Cole, Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Kanye West
Best Live Performer: A$ap Rocky, Drake, J. Cole, "The Throne" (Jay-Z & Kanye West) Kanye West
DJ Of The Year: DJ Drama, DJ Enuff, DJ Envy, DJ Funkmaster Flex, DJ Khaled
Video Director Of The Year: A$ap Rocky & Sam Lecca, Benny Boom, Chris Robinson, Kanye West, Hype Williams
Best Club Banger: "Cashin' Out," Ca$h Out (Produced by DJ Spinz); "The Motto," Drake, featuring Lil Wayne (Produced by T-Minus); "Same Damn Time," Future (Produced by Sonny Digital); "Ni**as In Paris," The Throne (Jay-Z & Kanye West) (Produced by Kanye West, Hit-Boy & Mike Dean); "Mercy," Kanye West, featuring Big Sean, Pusha T and 2 Chainz (Produced by Lifted)
Lyricist Of The Year: J. Cole, Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar, Nas, Kanye West
Hustler Of The Year: 2 Chainz, Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, Kanye West
Best Hip Hop Video: "No Lie," 2 Chainz, featuring Drake; "Goldie," A$ap Rocky, "H.Y.F.R.," Drake, featuring Lil Wayne; "Lotus Flower Bomb," Wale, featuring Miguel "Mercy," Kanye West featuring Big Sean, Pusha T & 2 Chainz
CD Of The Year: "The Dreamer, The Believer," Common "Take Care," Drake "Cole World: The Sideline Story," J. Cole "Watch The Throne," The Throne (Jay-Z & Kanye West) "TM: 103 Hustlerz Ambition," Young Jeezy
Best Mixtape: "LiveLoveA$ap," A$ap Rocky "1999," Joey Bada$ "Dreamchasers 2," Meek Mill "Rich Forever," Rick Ross "Taylor Allderdice," Wiz Khalifa Impact Track: "Around My Way (Freedom Ain't Free)," Lupe Fiasco "Bitch Bad," Lupe Fiasco "Daughters," Nas "Murder To Excellence," "The Throne" (Jay-Z & Kanye West)
People's Champ Award: 2 Chainz, featuring Drake - "No Lie," Driicky Graham - "Snapbacks & Tattoos" Meek Mill, featuring Rick Ross - "Ima Boss" The Throne (Jay-Z & Kanye West), featuring Otis Redding - "Otis" Kanye West, featuring Big Sean, Pusha T & 2 Chainz - "Mercy" Made-You-Look Award
Best Hip Hop Style: 2 Chainz, A$ap Rocky, Big Sean, Nicki Minaj, Kanye West
Rookie Of The Year: 2 Chainz, A$ap Rocky, Ca$h Out, Future, Meek Mill
Producer Of The Year: Hit-Boy, J. Cole, J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, No I.D., Kanye West Reese's
Perfect Combo Award: 2 Chainz, featuring Drake - "No Lie" Drake, featuring Lil Wayne & Tyga - "The Motto (Remix)" J. Cole, featuring Missy Elliott - "Nobody's Perfect" Wale, featuring Miguel - "Lotus Flower Bomb" Kanye, featuring Big Sean, Pusha T & 2 Chainz - "Mercy"
Track Of The Year: "Cashin' Out," produced by DJ Spinz "Ima Boss," produced by Jahlil Beats (Meek Mill, featuring Rick Ross) "Ni**as in Paris," produced by Kanye West, Hit-Boy & Mike Dean (The Throne) "No Lie," produced by Mike Will Make-It & Marz (2 Chainz, featuring Drake) "The Motto," produced by T-Minus (Drake, featuring Lil Wayne & Tyga)
Best Featured Verse: 2 Chainz, "Mercy" Diddy, "Same Damn Time Remix" Drake, "Stay Schemin'" Ludacris, "Same Damn Time Remix" T.I., "Magic Remix"
The 2012 BET Hip-Hop Awards will air on BET on Oct. 9 at 8pm/7c.For more details click here.
Watch the video of comedian Mike Epps announcing the nominees for the 2012 BET Hip Hop Awards on "106 & Park."
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