BET announces official nominations for the 2020 “BET Hip Hop Awards”
Nasty C and Khaligraph Jones make history and bag international nomination at BET Hip Hop Awards
The BET “Hip Hop Awards” will premiere on Wednesday, October 28 on BET Africa at 03:00 CAT Dababy leads the 2020
BET “Hip Hop Awards” with 12 nominations, followed closely by Roddy Ricch with 11 nods
Johannesburg – 01 OCTOBER 2020 – BET announces the nominees for the 15th annual “Hip Hop Awards,” honouring the past year in hip hop music across 17 categories. The BET Hip Hop Awards is set to premiere on Wednesday, 28 October 2020 at 03:00CAT /02:00 WAT on BET Africa (DStv channel 129) and repeats at 19:30 CAT / 18:30 WAT.
“Best International Flow” is a category that will recognise artists from around the world, with nominees from France, South Africa, Kenya, UK, and for the first time ever, a nominee from Brazil. This year’s nominees for the Best International Flow category is South Africa’s rapper, song writer and producer Nasty C alongside Kenyan hip hop artist Khaligraph Jones. This is Nasty C’s 2nd nomination, having being previously recognised in the same category in 2019. The two African artists are set to compete with rappers Meryl and Kaaris both from France, British rapper Stormzy, UK’s rising starlet, MS Banks and Brazil’s popular musician and rapper, DJONGA.
Monde Twala, Senior Vice President and General Manager of ViacomCBS Networks Africa and Peer Lead BET International commented, “We are thrilled to announce the 2020 “BET Hip Hop Awards” and to recognise artists from around the world in the “Best International Flow” category. The diversity of International talent is testament to the impact of the power of music and culture globally. The representation of African nominees in the category confirms BET’s commitment to recognising the influence of artists on the continent. International events such as the BET “Hip Hop Awards” highlight the growing need to connect African culture globally.”
Rising superstar, and winner of the 2019 Hip Hop Awards “Best New Hip Hop Artist,” DaBaby, leads this year’s nominations with an impressive 12 nods. Following his win for “Best Male Hip Hop Artist” at the BET Awards, DaBaby’s 12 nods includes ‘Best Live Performer,’ ‘Lyricist of the Year,’ ‘Hip Hop Artist of the Year,’ ‘Impact Track’ – Rockstar (BLM Remix) and two nominations in the ‘Song of the Year,’ ‘Best Hip Hop Video,’ and ‘Best Collab’ categories. Additionally DaBaby makes history, with two entries in the ‘Hip Hop Album of the Year’ category with “Blame It On Baby,” and “Kirk” both receiving nominations.
Roddy Ricch, another 2019 ‘Best New Hip Hop Artist” nominee, takes second place with an impressive 11 nods. Megan the Stallion, who opened the 2019 show, tied with global superstar Drake for third most nominations securing 8 nods each. Other notable nominations include Future, who received 6 nominations. Lil Baby who received 4 nods. Beyoncé, DJ Khaled, Travis Scott, and Mustard each received three nominations.
Additionally, ‘Best New Hip Hop Artist’ Award nominees include Flo Milli, Jack Harlow, Mulatto, NLE Choppa, Pop Smoke, and Rod Wave.
Connie Orlando, EVP Specials, Music Programming & Music Strategy at BET will oversee the annual show, with Jesse Collins, CEO of Jesse Collins Entertainment, serving as Executive Producer of the BET “Hip Hop Awards” 2020 along with and Jeannae Rouzan–Clay, Vice President of Specials, Jesse Collins Entertainment.
The show will simulcast LIVE on BET Africa DStv channel 129 at 03:00 CAT / 02:00 WAT on 28 October and repeats the same evening at 19:30 CAT / 18:30 WAT.
See below for the complete list of BET “HIP HOP AWARDS” 2020 Official Nominees:
BEST INTERNATIONAL FLOW
BEST HIP HOP VIDEO
VIDEO DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
DJ OF THE YEAR
PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
HIP HOP ARTIST OF THE YEAR
SONG OF THE YEAR
HIP HOP ALBUM OF THE YEAR
BEST NEW HIP HOP ARTIST
HUSTLER OF THE YEAR
BEST HIP HOP PLATFORM
SWEET 16: BEST FEATURED VERSE