BET announces the nominees for the 16th annual “BET HIP HOP AWARDS, 2021” honoring the past year in hip hop music across 17 categories.

BET “Hip Hop Awards” is an annual celebration that pays homage to a culture that changed the world while highlighting the best in hip hop music. Year after year, BET delivers the best in hip-hop for an unforgettable night of performances, cyphers and tributes honoring hip-hop legends that have and continue to make hip-hop culture a global force.

This year’s tagline for the award show is “In Hip Hop We Stand,” which centers around the theme of Unity.

Cardi B, Lil Durk, and Megan Thee Stallion lead this year’s nominations with an impressive nine nods each. Drake takes second place with a very impressive eight nods. Tyler, The Creator and Metro Boomin tied for third-most nominations securing four nods each.

Other notable noms include 21 Savage, DJ Khaled, J. Cole, and Pooh Shiesty, who received three nominations each. BiaChris Brown, Doja Cat, Jay Z, Lil Nas X, Migos, Nicki Minaj, Roddy Ricch, Saweetie, Young Thug, and Yung Bleu received two nominations each. 

Additionally, the ‘Best New Hip Hop Artist’ Award nominees include Blxst, Coi Leray, Don Toliver, Morray, Pooh Shiesty, and Yung Bleu.

BET’s Connie Orland, EVP Specials, Music Programming and Music Strategy stated “Our 2021 ‘BET Hip Hop Awards’ nominees span generations and are a representation of the talented individuals who elevate hip hop culture in creative and diverse ways. We congratulate each of them on these sought-after accolades.  We can’t wait to join forces with the best in hip hop and deliver a one-of-a-kind show in Atlanta.”

Voting for the 2021 “BET HIP HOP AWARDS” DJ of the Year and Best Hip Hop Platform is now open: 

For more information about the “BET HIP HOP AWARDS” including full list of nominees, latest news and updates, visit

BET HIP-HOP AWARDS will tape from the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta, GA, on Friday, October 1 and will premiere Tuesday, October 5, 2021, at 9 PM ET/PT on BET, and simulcast internationally on BET Africa on Wednesday, October 6 AT 3 AM CAT. 

Make sure to set your DVR to catch the show you don’t want to miss it!


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