BET Networks is gearing up for its fourth annual BET HIP HOP AWARDS in Atlanta, GA hosted by actor and comedian Mike Epps, the show will tape on Saturday, October 10th at the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlantic Civic Center and will premiere on the network on Tuesday, October 27 at 8:00 p.m.* This year’s show is sure to have you on your feet with appearances and performances by Snoop, Jeezy, Soulja Boy, Wale, E-40, Fabolous, Gucci Mane, Goodie Mob, Lil Scrappy, Dorrough, Monica, Tiny & Toya, DJ Khalid, DJ Drama, Trina, Diddy featuring his sexy Dirty Money crew, and of course you know they’ll be some surprises. Ice Cube will be honored As This Year’s “I AM HIP-HOP” Icon Award Recipient!
One of the most popular segments of the show are always the “hip-hop ciphers” and it promises not to disappoint this year as it features some of the true heavy weights as they battle it out, raw, uncut – for the fans.
To refresh the minds, the Hip-Hop Awards Voting Academy has nominated rapper, producer and style aficionado Kanye West for an impressive nine awards. Jay Z and Lil Wayne follow closely behind with seven nominations and T.I. rounds things off with six nominations. Additionally, BET has added two new nomination categories to this year’s show – “Made-You-Look Award” (Best Hip Hop Style) which will go to the ultimate trendsetter and “Best Hip-Hop Blog Site,” which will go to the online site that consistently keeps hip-hop fans in the know non-stop.
The BET HIP HOP AWARDS will showcase “Hip Hop Cares” which highlights various community organizations and foundations powered by prominent rap super stars in the industry. This year BET will feature 50 Cents’ G-Unity Foundation, Busta Rhymes’ affiliation with RockCorps, Jim Jones’ service to Entertainers Alliance for Education Foundation and Young Jeezy’s Street Dreams Foundation as they give back to major causes affecting their communities and the hip hop community at large.