Lil’ Kim and Jay-Z lead the list of nominees for The Source Hip-Hop Music Awards 2003. Both artists received nods in five categories, including album of the year for “La Bella Mafia” and “The Blueprint 2: The Gift and the Curse,” respectively. The awards will be handed out Oct. 13 in Miami and will air in November on BET.
Nelly, 50 Cent, Cam’ron and the Diplomats each drew four nominations. Other multiple award nominees include Scarface, Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz, LL Cool J, Clipse, Missy Elliott, Baby, David Banner, Ludacris, Disturbing Tha Peace, the Neptunes, Pharrell, Eve, Bone Crusher, Nas, Snoop Dogg, Slum Village, Field Mob and Ja Rule.
This year’s show — marking the magazine’s 15th anniversary — will include three new categories: independent album of the year, dancehall reggae album of the year and international album of the year.
The editorial staff of The Source chooses nominees based on the songs and artists that have had the most impact in a given year. Magazine subscribers and the Five Mic Council, a group of influential DJs across the U.S., then cast ballots to determine the winners. For a complete list of the nominees, click here.