Drake Leads BET Hip-Hop Awards with 14 Nominations: Exclusive

Drake performs in 2016
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Drake performs during the Summer Sixteen Tour at United Center on July 26, 2016 in Chicago.

For a third consecutive year, Drake heads the list of nominations for the BET Hip-Hop Awards. His 14 nods include Album of the Year, Best Live Performer, Lyricist of the Year, Best Hip-Hop Video and three in the Best Collabo, Duo or Group category.

Drake will be going up against other top nominees Future (with 10 nods), DJ Khaled (nine) and Kanye West (eight) in several of those categories. One of the most closely watched races will be Best New Hip-Hop Artist, whose nominees including Anderson .Paak, Bryson Tiller (who won that award and Best Male R&B/Pop Artist at June’s BET Awards), Chance the Rapper, Desiigner and Tory Lanez.

The 2016 BET Hip-Hop Awards will be taped on Sept. 17 at Atlanta’s Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre and premiere on Oct. 4 (8 p.m. ET/PT). A host will be announced soon. A complete list of this year’s nominees is available at BET.com.