2012’s BET HIP HOP AWARDS was again hosted by comedian Mike Epps.
The BET HipHop Awards delivered an exceptional night filled with hip hop’s biggest stars and highly anticipated performances.
Between rap crews showing off their freestyling skills through The Cypher, performances by some of the industry’s biggest names and, of course, finding out which nominees lost (it sounds nicer this way), the BET Hip-Hop Awards hosted by the hilarious Mike Epps gave us quite a show.
Wiz Khalifa opened the show with a performance of “Work Hard / Play Hard” featuring Juicy J and Young Jeezy accompanied by a live band.
Other highlights included Meek Mill’s performance of “Amen” and “Young and Getting’ It” featuring Kirko Bangz; Kendrick Lamar introducing a medley of his popular songs, “The Recipe” and “Swimming Pools;” G.O.O.D. music star 2 Chainz taking the stage to perform “Birthday Song” and “I’m Different,” Rick Ross’ performance of “Hold Me Back” joined by Omarion for their single “Ice Cold;” Atlanta’s own T.I. entertaining the crowd with newest singles “Trap Back Jumpin” and “Go Get It;” Future featuring Diddy, French Montana, Machine Gun Kelly and Uncle Luke had everyone on their feet with “Turn on the Lights,” “Same Damn Time,” “Wild Boy” and “Pop That”
Closing out the show, Violator artists reunited on stage in honour of music executive, Chris Lighty culminated with pure star power – a Tribe Called Quest, Missy Elliott, Busta Rhymes, Spliff Star, 50 Cent and Fat Joe paid their respect during an unforgettable performance with some of Violator Music’s biggest hits and Chris Lighty’s personal favourites.
It was a night filled with Hip Hop at its best!
Mr Paid in Full – Rakim was presented and honoured by his peers with this year’s “I AM HIP HOP ICON” Award for his seemingly effortless style and delivery that stems not just from Hip-Hop, but from Jazz and R&B influences. Rakim has a style like no other MC.
There was no sign of 7 award winner Kanye West (probably went house hunting with Kim Kardashian – Read related story) who is currently staging a media blackout.
‘Ye who was nominated 17 times, didn’t show up to the 2012 BET Hip Hop Awards, but his presence was still felt after he won 7 prizes.
2 Chainz also had a night to remember, taking home 3 awards which included the People’s Champ Award and Rookie of the Year. No Nigga held Rick Ross back (Well maybe Jeezy later – Read related story) as he beat off Jay-Z for MVP of the Year.
‘The show which aired Tuesday (October 9, 2012) but was pre-taped September 29, 2012 didn’t air all the categories, but don’t despair we got the full list of winners.
The full list of winners from the BET HIP HOP AWARDS 2012 is below:
- Best Hip Hop Video: “HYFR” – Drake f/ Lil Wayne
- Reese’s Perfect Combo Award (Best Collabo): “Mercy” – Kanye West f/ Big Sean, Pusha T & 2 Chainz
- Best Live Performer: The Throne (Jay-Z & Kanye West)
- Lyricist of the Year: Kendrick Lamar
- Hip Hop Video Director of the Year: Hype Williams
- DJ of the Year: DJ Khaled
- Producer of the Year: Kanye West
- MVP of the Year: Rick Ross
- Track of the Year: “Ni**as In Paris” – Produced by Kanye West, Hit-Boy and Mike Dean (The Throne – Jay-Z & Kanye West)
- CD of the Year: Watch The Throne – The Throne (Jay-Z & Kanye West)
- Rookie of The Year: 2 Chainz
- Hustler of The Year: Jay-Z
- Made-You-Look Award (Best Hip Hop Style): Kanye West
- Best Club Banger: “Ni**as In Paris” – The Throne (Jay-Z & Kanye West)
- Best Mixtape: “Dreamchasers2” – Meek Mill
- Sweet 16: Best Featured Verse: 2 Chainz – “Mercy” (Kanye West f/ Big Sean, Pusha T & 2 Chainz)
- Impact Track: “Daughters” – Nas
- People’s Champ Award Powered by Verizon: 2 Chainz f/ Drake – “No Lie”
- Best Hip Hop Online Site: World Star Hip Hop