Rapper/producer Kanye West leads the field for the 2004 Source Hip-Hop Music Awards with six, while Ludacris is close behind with five.

Rapper/producer Kanye West leads the field for the 2004 Source Hip-Hop Music Awards with six, while Ludacris is close behind with five. West's nominations included best album for "The College Dropout," video, lyricist and producer of the year.

Jay-Z, Ludacris, Lil Flip, Twista and Juvenile will battle for male artist of the year while Youngbloodz, Ying Yang Twins, 8Ball and MJG, Westside Connection and OutKast are up for group of the year.

The Source Awards will be handed out Oct. 10 in Miami, as they have been since 2001. BET will air the event Nov. 30.

Source co-owner David Mays is also planning a political rally during the awards weekend. "The hip-hop community and media coverage has surrounded this simple concept of people voting," he says. "That's certainly a valuable thing, but this event is more about a very concrete agenda for the youth of America. I think it's the thing that's been missing in the hype. The needs of young people are not being addressed by politicians."

Mays is inviting the Bush and Kerry daughters -- who appeared at the recent MTV Video Music Awards -- as well as a boatload of celebrities and political types to debate the issues during the rally. "If you want us to vote, you've got to address these issues," Mays declared.


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