BET Hip-Hop Awards

Diddy Gets Crowned King, Kendrick Wows with Cypher at BET Hip Hop Awards

Rick Ross and Diddy

BET celebrated hip-hop’s past and present superstars at Saturday’s taping of the BET Hip Hop Awards 2013 at the Boisfeuillet Jones Civic Center in Atlanta. Snoop Dogg aka Uncle Snoop presided over the eighth annual event, which featured performances from Kendrick Lamar, 2 Chainz, Rick Ross, French Montana, Meek Mill, and ScHoolBoy Q.

Following a video tribute from Will Smith, Jada Pinkett-Smith, and Queen Latifah, Eve presented hip-hop icon MC Lyte with the “I Am Hip-Hop Award.”

During his performance of “Ain’t Worried About Nothin,” French Montana placed a crown on Diddy’s head in response to Kendrick’s “King of New York” line on his “Control” verse. The camera cut to the Compton MC, who smiled and applauded.

Kendrick earned cheers from his peers during TDE’s captivating four-minute cypher, while other cypher stars included Slaughterhouse, A$AP Rocky, Lil’ Kim, Nick Cannon, Kevin Hart, and Action Bronson.

Juvenile and Mannie Fresh joined 2 Chainz for his Hot Boys ode “Used 2,” Rick Ross performed his new single “No Games” with Future, and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony took it back with a medley of hits.

An absent Drake won the People’s Champ award, A$AP Rocky took home the Perfect Combo award, and A$AP Ferg was named Rookie of the Year.

The BET Hip Hop Awards 2013 airs on Oct. 15 at 8 p.m.

See 30 photos from the green carpet and show below.

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Kendrick Lamar, Lil’ Kim, A$AP Rocky, & Nick Cannon Star in BET Hip Hop Awards Cyphers

Astro, Asia Sparks, Bad Lucc, and Problem

Who can forget Royce Da 5’9”’s Rihanna-inspired cypher or Talib Kweli’s controversial Frank Ocean line? The BET Hip Hop Awards cyphers are back. The network has revealed the lineup for this year’s show.

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Kendrick Lamar Leads BET Hip-Hop Awards Nominations

Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar may not be king of New York (depending on who you ask), but he is king of this year’s BET Hip-Hop Awards. The Compton MC reigns over the nominations for this year’s show.

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BET Hip Hop Awards 2012 Cyphers

Iggy Azalea, B.o.B, T.I., and Trae Tha Truth

The highlight of the BET Hip Hop Awards has always been the cyphers. This year didn’t disappoint, serving up numerous performances featuring both established and up-and-coming spitters. With DJ Premier on the turntables, T.I. led his Grand Hustle squad with a glammed-up Iggy Azalea, Chip, and B.o.B., while the West Coast represented with Snoop Dogg, E-40, and Kendrick Lamar. The Ruff Ryders barked back with DMX and Eve. Showcasing the international appeal of hip-hop, overseas talent also showed off like Sarkode from Ghana.

But Talib Kweli had the most quoted line of the night: “I’m Frank Ocean at a Chick-fil-A, I’ll never get served,” he rapped.

Watch them rip the mic below.

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BET Hip Hop Awards 2012 Performances

Wiz Khalifa and Young Jeezy

Rick Ross and Young Jeezy made headlines for their backstage brawl at the BET Hip Hop Awards 2012, but the music took center stage at Monday’s pre-taped show. The festivities kicked off with a performance from Wiz Khalifa. The Taylor Gang leader was joined by Jeezy and his fellow Taylor Juicy J on the remix to his single “Work Hard, Play Hard.”

He was followed by Meek Mill, who set the stage ablaze with a fiery performance of “Amen” and his Dreams and Nightmares single “Young & Gettin It” featuring Kirko Bangz.

Lyricist of the Year winner Kendrick Lamar brought the women, weed, and weather to Atlanta with “The Recipe” and “Swimming Pools (Drank)” off his upcoming debut good kid, m.A.A.d city.

The evening also featured sets from Rick Ross, Diddy, French Montana, Machine Gun Kelly, Future, and T.I., but the highlight was the Chris Lighty tribute starring 50 Cent, Missy Elliott, A Tribe Called Quest, Fat Joe, and Busta Rhymes.

If you missed anything, we’ve got you covered. Watch all the performances below.

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Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, Kendrick Lamar, & Missy Elliott Make a Bang at BET Hip Hop Awards

Rick Ross

Rick Ross and Young Jeezy’s backstage brawl may have taken center stage, but there were plenty of other highlights at the BET Hip Hop Awards 2012, which was taped on Saturday at Atlanta’s Boisfeuillet Jones Civic Center. Wiz Khalifa kicked off the show with “Work Hard, Play Hard,” bringing out special guest Young Jeezy for the remix.

Thirteen-time nominee 2 Chainz played the piano and rapped alongside a gospel choir on “Birthday Song,” picking up the award for People’s Champ. “This is just to let you know what can happen in a year. This is a blessing,” he said.

T.I., who recently completed his probation, displayed some southern hospitality as he welcomed the out-of-towners to his city. “I’d like to welcome you all to Atlanta!” he said before staging a medley of songs off his upcoming album Trouble Man.

Future delivered fireworks during his pyro-filled set of “Turn on the Lights,” calling on Diddy for the remix to “Same Damn Time.” His fellow Bad Boy Machine Gun Kelly was lowered from the rafters for “Wild Boy” and French Montana brought out Uncle Luke for “Pop That.”

A shirtless Rick Ross let it all hang out as he and Omarion performed “Ice Cold” and MMG’s Meek Mill burned up the stage with his new single “Young & Gettin It” featuring Kirko Bangz.

The legendary Rakim received the “I Am Hip Hop Icon” award from T.I. and Kendrick Lamar, who was honored as Lyricist of the Year.

Missy Elliott, Busta Rhymes, 50 Cent, Fat Joe, Diggy Simmons, and A Tribe Called Quest joined forces in a touching tribute to Violator manager Chris Lighty.

This year’s ever-popular cyphers featured Snoop Dogg, T.I., DMX, Eve, A$AP Rocky, Mystikal, and B.o.B, and will air during the show on October 9 at 8 p.m.

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BET Hip Hop Awards 2012: Red Carpet Photos

2 Chainz and daughter

The music was loud and the fashion was even louder at the BET Hip Hop Awards 2012. Hip-hop’s biggest stars convened in Atlanta for the 7th annual taping at the Boisfeuillet Jones Civic Center on Saturday.

Dressed in a colorful jacket, red gloves, and neon MCM backpack, People’s Champ winner 2 Chainz soaked up the moment with his daughter, while Kendrick Lamar repped for the West Coast in a red bandana-print T-shirt.

A Versace-clad French Montana made the press rounds with fellow Bad Boy Machine Gun Kelly and Busta Rhymes repped for his late manager Chris Lighty in a Violator T-shirt. Father-to-be Wiz Khalifa was cool as can be in skinny jeans, Chuck Taylors, and a fedora. As one of the few femcees in attendance, Brianna Perry kept it sexy in short shorts and thigh-high stiletto boots.

Scope out the fashions from the red carpet including 50 Cent, T.I., Rick Ross, Meek Mill, Wiz Khalifa, Miguel, Q-Tip, Wale, and more.

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