With his return engagement as host of BET Hip Hop Awards 2014 announced earlier, Snoop Dogg is now also set to perform. He will be joined by a high-wattage confirmed performer lineup that includes Common, Birdman, DJ Premier, DJ Mustard, Rich Homie Quan, Bobby Shmurda, Young Thug, Vince Staples, Jay Electronica, Migos, YG and Rae Sremmurd.
The ninth annual ceremony will tape Sept. 20 at Atlanta’s Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center and premiere Oct. 14 at 8 p.m. ET.
Pioneering rapper, beat boxer and producer Doug E. Fresh will be this year’s recipient of the I Am Hip Hop Icon Award. Dubbed the Human Beat Box, Fresh scored his first top 5 rap single with “The Show” in 1985 and notched other classics with “La Di Da Di” and “Keep Risin’ to the Top.” He will join such previous I Am Hip Hop Icon Award honorees as MC Lyte, LL Cool J, Salt-N-Pepa, Russell Simmons and Grandmaster Flash.
Drake leads the 2014 BET Hip Hop Awards nominee parade with eight nominations, including album of the year, lyricist of the year, MVP of the year and people’s champ award. Jay Z, Future and Pharrell Williams each received six nods. Tied with five nominations apiece are Nicki Minaj, Rich Homie Quan and YG.
The awards show is also set to premiere on Oct. 17 on BET’s international network in the U.K. and Africa.