Drake Leads 2018 BET Hip-Hop Awards Nominee Slate: Exclusive

Rapper tops out with 11 nods, followed by Cardi B, Childish Gambino, Travis Scott and Kendrick Lamar.

Drake and Cardi B lead the field of nominees for the 2018 BET Hip Hop Awards, with 11 and 10 nominations, respectively. For the second consecutive year, the awards ceremony will return to The Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater on Oct. 6. BET Networks will premiere the annual telecast on Oct. 16 (8 p.m. ET/PT).

Rounding out the list of top nominees are Childish Gambino with six nominations. Tied next at five nods each are Travis Scott and Kendrick Lamar. Among Drake’s cache of nominations are nods for Lyricist of the Year, MVP of the Year, Album of the Year and Best Collabo as well as two nods in both the Best Hip Hop Video and Single of the Year categories. Cardi B, the big winner at last year’s ceremony with five awards including Best New Hip Hop Artist, is vying against Drake in several of the aforementioned categories including Album of the Year, Best Hip Hop Video, Album of the Year, MVP of the Year and Single of the Year. 

This year’s crop of Best New Hip Hop Artist nominees features BlocBoy JB, Juice WRLD, Lil Baby, Rich the Kid and late rapper XXXTentacion.

Jesse Collins Entertainment CEO Jesse Collins will executive produce the BET Hip Hop Awards along with BET head of programming Connie Orlando and Jessie Collins Entertainment vp of specials Jeannae Rouzan-Clay.

Here is the complete list of the 2018 nominees:

Best Hip-Hop Video

Cardi B - "I Like It" feat. Bad Bunny & J Balvin

Childish Gambino - "This Is America"

Drake - "God's Plan"

Kendrick Lamar – "Loyalty" feat. Rihanna

Migos - "Walk It Talk It" feat. Drake

Hot Ticket Performer

Cardi B

Childish Gambino

Drake

Kendrick Lamar

Travis Scott

Album of the Year

Cardi B - Invasion of Privacy

Drake - Scorpion

J. Cole - KOD

Migos - Culture II

The Carters - Everything Is Love

Video Director of the Year

Benny Boom

Dave Meyers & The Little Homies

Director X

Eif Rivera

Hiro Murai

Karena Evans

Lyricist of the Year

Childish Gambino

Drake

J. Cole

Kendrick Lamar

Travis Scott

MVP of the Year

Cardi B

Childish Gambino

Drake

J. Cole

Travis Scott

Producer of the Year

Ben Billions

DJ Esco

DJ Mustard

Metro Boomin 

Pharrell Williams

Best Collabo, Duo or Group

21 Savage & Offset & Metro Boomin - "Ric Flair Drip"

Blocboy JB - "Look Alive" feat. Drake

Cardi B - "I Like It" feat. Bad Bunny & J Balvin

Post Malone – "Rockstar" feat. 21 Savage

The Carters – "Apes**t"

Single of the Year

"Apesh*t" - Produced by Pharrell (The Carters) 

"God's Plan" - Produced by Cardo, Young Exclusive and Boi-1da (Drake)

"I Like It" - Produced by Craig Kallman, JWhiteDidIt and Tainy (Cardi B Feat. Bad Bunny & J Balvin)

"Nice for What" - Produced by Murda Beatz (Drake) 

"This Is America" - Produced by Donald Glover & Ludwig Goransson (Childish Gambino)

Best New Hip Hop Artist

Blocboy JB

Juice Wrld

Lil Baby

Rich the Kid

XXXTentacion

Best Mixtape

BlocBoy JB - Simi

Future - Beast Mode 2

Juicy J – Shut Da F* Up

Lil Wayne - Dedication 6: Reloaded

Zoey Dollaz - Sorry Not Sorry

Sweet 16: Best Featured Verse

21 Savage - “Bartier Cardi” (Cardi B feat. 21 Savage)

Cardi B - “Motorsport” (Migos feat. Cardi B & Nicki Minaj)

Drake - “Look Alive” (Blocboy JB feat. Drake) 

Kendrick Lamar - “New Freezer” (Rich the Kid feat. Kendrick Lamar)

Nicki Minaj - “Big Bank” (YG feat. 2 Chainz, Big Sean & Nicki Minaj)

Impact Track

Childish Gambino - "This Is America"

Dej Loaf & Leon Bridges - "Liberated"

Lecrae - "I'll Find You" feat. Tori Kelly

Meek Mill – "Stay Woke" feat. Miguel

N.E.R.D - "1,000" feat. FUTURE

DJ of the Year

Calvin Harris

DJ Envy

DJ Drama

DJ Khaled

DJ Mustard

Made-You-Look Award (Best Hip Hop Style)

Cardi B

Migos

Nicki Minaj

Remy Ma

Travis Scott

Best Hip Hop Online Site/App

ALLHIPHOP

Complex

Hot New Hip Hop

Worldstar

XXL

Hustler of the Year

Cardi B

DJ Khaled 

Drake

Jay Z

Kendrick Lamar

Travis Scott