2021-09-23

Nelly- Named the “I Am Hip Hop” Award recipient for the 2021 “Bet Hip Hop Awards”

Nasty C & Ladipoe nominated for Bet Hip Hop best International flow

The 16th Annual “Bet Hip Hop Awards” premieres pn Wednesday 5 October at 03:00 CAT

JOHANNESBURG, 23 September 2021 – BET has announced DOUBLE DIAMOND SELLING SUPERSTAR rapper and entrepreneur Nelly as the “BET Hip Hop Awards” recipient of the 2021 “I Am Hip Hop” Award. From chart-topping hits that include “Hot in Herre,” “Dilemma” (feat. Kelly Rowland), “Country Grammar,” “Ride Wit Me,” and “Cruise” (with Florida Georgia Line), to his popular fashion line “Apple Bottoms,” to starring in the hit series Real Husbands of Hollywood, and his own reality show Nellyville, the charismatic, multi-platinum music icon will be celebrated for his massive contributions to music and the culture at large. The 2021 “BET HIP HOP AWARDS will air from the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta, GA, and will premiere 06 October 2021 on BET Africa (DStv Channel 129) at 03:00 CAT and repeats at 20:00 CAT on the same day.

Monde Twala, Senior Vice President and General Manager of ViacomCBS Networks Africa and Peer Lead BET International commented, “Congratulations to Nelly for well deserved recognition of the "I am HIP HOP Award". The BET Hip Hop awards continues to celebrate and recognise the best in Hip Hop culture and we look forward to continuing the elevation of black culture, black excellence, black entertainment and hip hop culture globally. We wish all our nominees across Africa, UK, Europe, South America and beyond the best at this year’s awards.”

“I am honoured to receive this award and humbled to be in such great company of past artists who have received this award,” said Nelly, this year’s I Am Hip Hop Award recipient. “I have been blessed to work with some incredible people in my career, making 22 years go by in the blink of an eye. This award isn’t just about Nelly; it is about my fans, BET, and the people that continue to support me and allow me to do what I love to do.”

South African Nasty C and Nigerian Ladipoe fly the African flag high as previously announced nominees for the 2021 Best International Flow category. This is Nasty C’s 3rd nomination, having been previously recognised in the same category in 2019 & 2020.

“I am honoured to receive this award and humbled to be in such great company of past artists who have received this award,” said Nelly, this year’s I Am Hip Hop Award recipient. “I have been blessed to work with some incredible people in my career, making 22 years go by in the blink of an eye. This award isn’t just about Nelly; it is about my fans, BET, and the people that continue to support me and allow me to do what I love to do.”

South African Nasty C and Nigerian Ladipoe fly the African flag high as previously announced nominees for the 2021 Best International Flow category. This is Nasty C’s 3rd nomination, having been previously recognised in the same category in 2019 & 2020.

Previously announced nominees include Cardi B, Lil Durk, and Megan Thee Stallion, leading the pack with nine nominations each, followed by Drake with an impressive eight nods. Tyler, The Creator and Metro Boomin tie for third-most nominations securing four nods each. Other notable nominees include 21 Savage, DJ Khaled, J. Cole, and Pooh Shiesty, who received three each. Bia, Chris Brown, Doja Cat, Jay Z, Lil Nas X, Migos, Nicki Minaj, Roddy Ricch, Saweetie, Young Thug, and Yung Bleu received two nominations. For the full list of nominees, selected by a voting academy of esteemed music industry insiders, click HERE.

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See below for the complete list of 2021 “BET HIP HOP AWARDS” Official Nominees:



    BEST INTERNATIONAL FLOW
  • LADIPOE (NIGERIA)
  • NASTY C (SOUTH AFRICA)
  • XAMÃ (BRAZIL)
  • LAYLOW (FRANCE)
  • GAZO (FRANCE)
  • LITTLE SIMZ (UK)
  • DAVE (UK)


    HIP HOP ALBUM OF THE YEAR
  • A GANGSTA’S PAINMONEYBAGG YO
  • CALL ME IF YOU GET LOSTTYLER, THE CREATOR
  • CULTURE IIIMIGOS
  • GOOD NEWSMEGAN THEE STALLION
  • KHALED KHALEDDJ KHALED
  • SAVAGE MODE II21 SAVAGE & METRO BOOMIN
  • THE OFF-SEASONJ. COLE


    SONG OF THE YEAR
  • BACK IN BLOOD PRODUCED BY YC (POOH SHIESTY FEAT. LIL DURK)
  • LATE AT NIGHT PRODUCED BY MUSTARD (RODDY RICCH)
  • LAUGH NOW CRY LATER.PRODUCED BY G. RY, CARDOGOTWINGS, ROGET CHAHAYED & YUNG EXCLUSIVE (DRAKE FEAT. LIL DURK)
  • UP PRODUCED BY YUNG DZA, SEAN ISLAND, DJ SWANQO (CARDI B)
  • WAP PRODUCED BY AYO & KEYZ (CARDI B FEAT. MEGAN THEE STALLION)
  • WHOLE LOTTA MONEY (REMIX) PRODUCED BY LONDON JAE, BEATGODZ, TEE ROMANO (BIA FEAT. NICKI MINAJ)


    HIP HOP ARTIST OF THE YEAR
  • CARDI B
  • DRAKE
  • J. COLE
  • LIL BABY
  • MEGAN THEE STALLION
  • TYLER, THE CREATOR


    BEST HIP HOP VIDEO
  • CARDI BUP
  • CARDI B FEAT. MEGAN THEE STALLIONWAP
  • CHRIS BROWN & YOUNG THUG GO CRAZY
  • DRAKE FEAT. LIL DURKLAUGH NOW CRY LATER
  • LIL NAS XMONTERO (CALL ME BY YOUR NAME)
  • SAWEETIE FEAT. DOJA CATBEST FRIEND


    BEST NEW HIP HOP ARTIST
  • BLXST
  • COI LERAY
  • DON TOLIVER
  • MORRAY
  • POOH SHIESTY
  • YUNG BLEU


    BEST COLLABORATION
  • 21 SAVAGE & METRO BOOMIN FEAT. DRAKEMR. RIGHT NOW
  • BIA FEAT. NICKI MINAJWHOLE LOTTA MONEY (REMIX)
  • CARDI B FEAT. MEGAN THEE STALLIONWAP
  • DJ KHALED FEAT. LIL BABY & LIL DURKEVERY CHANCE I GET
  • DRAKE FEAT. LIL DURKLAUGH NOW CRY LATER
  • POOH SHIESTY FEAT. LIL DURKBACK IN BLOOD


    BEST DUO OR GROUP
  • 21 SAVAGE & METRO BOOMIN
  • CHRIS BROWN & YOUNG THUG
  • CITY GIRLS
  • FUTURE & LIL UZI VERT
  • LIL BABY & LIL DURK
  • MIGOS


    BEST LIVE PERFORMER
  • BUSTA RHYMES
  • CARDI B
  • DABABY
  • DOJA CAT
  • MEGAN THEE STALLION
  • TYLER, THE CREATOR


    LYRICIST OF THE YEAR
  • BENNY THE BUTCHER
  • DRAKE
  • J. COLE
  • LIL BABY
  • MEGAN THEE STALLION
  • NAS


    VIDEO DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
  • COLE BENNETT
  • COLIN TILLEY
  • DAVE MEYERS
  • DIRECTOR X
  • HYPE WILLIAMS
  • MISSY ELLIOTT


    DJ OF THE YEAR
  • CHASE B
  • D NICE
  • DJ CASSIDY
  • DJ DRAMA
  • DJ ENVY
  • DJ JAZZY JEFF
  • DJ SCHEME
  • KAYTRANADA


    PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
  • DJ KHALED
  • HIT-BOY
  • METRO BOOMIN
  • MUSTARD
  • THE ALCHEMIST
  • TYLER, THE CREATOR


    HUSTLER OF THE YEAR
  • CARDI B
  • DRAKE
  • LIL BABY
  • MEGAN THEE STALLION
  • SAWEETIE
  • YUNG BLEU


    BEST HIP HOP PLATFORM
  • COMPLEX
  • GENIUS
  • HIP HOP DX
  • HOT NEW HIPHOP
  • THE BREAKFAST CLUB
  • THE SHADE ROOM
  • WORLDSTAR HIPHOP
  • XXL


    SWEET 16: BEST FEATURED VERSE
  • CARDI BTYPE SHIT (MIGOS FEAT. CARDI B)
  • DRAKEHAVIN' OUR WAY (MIGOS FEAT. DRAKE)
  • JAY-ZWHAT IT FEELS LIKE (NIPSEY HUSSLE FEAT. JAY-Z)
  • LIL DURKBACK IN BLOOD (POOH SHIESTY FT. LIL DURK)
  • MEGAN THE STALLIONON ME (REMIX) (LIL BABY FT. MEGAN THEE STALLION)
  • RODDY RICCHLEMONADE (REMIX) (INTERNET MONEY FEAT. DON TOLIVER & RODDY RICCH)


    IMPACT TRACK
  • BLACK THOUGHTTHOUGHT VS EVERYBODY
  • LIL NAS XMONTERO (CALL ME BY YOUR NAME)
  • LIL BABY & KIRK FRANKLIN WE WIN
  • MEEK MILL FEAT. LIL DURKPAIN AWAY
  • NIPSEY HUSSLE FEAT. JAY-ZWHAT IT FEELS LIKE
  • RAPSODY12 PROBLEMS


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