The annual BET Hip Hop Awards celebrates and showcases the year’s best in hip-hop culture, and 2016 was no exception. From Atlanta’s Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, the awards dished out memorable honors and performances by some of the biggest names in the industry. This year’s Hip Hop Awards, hosted by major key himself DJ Khaled, left us wanting “another one.”
Why? Check out some highlights below, then watch the rest here.
Let’s Get Things Moving
Take notes – this is how to open a show in style. Gucci Mane performed from his ninth studio album, Everybody Looking, alongside producer Zaytoven. Joined later on stage by Young Thug, Travis Scott and Migos Quavo, the artists set the stage for the Hip Hop Awards, teaming up to perform Pick Up the Phone. Watch it here.
It’s About More Than Just the Music
T.I., Big K.R.I.T., and others delivered captivating performances that directly confronted the social justice issues championed by Black Lives Matter.
As peaceful protesters fall to police batons below him, T.I. wades into the chaos to preach intelligent change. Watch it here.
Big K.R.I.T. , alone beneath a spotlight, delivered a powerful monologue that vented the frustration of entire communities exhausted and furious with the status quo. Watch it here.
Snoop Dogg = Legend
Kendrick Lamar presented Snoop Dogg with the I Am Hip Hop Award for his vast contribution to hip-hop. From his rap debut on a Dr. Dre track in 1992 to his 2016 tour with Wiz Khalifa, it seems as though nothing can stop Snoop (and we don’t want anything to). His career has transcended generations and his legacy is impossible to match.
Snoop delivered a message for all young rappers During his acceptance speech: “A lot of people don’t understand y’all and y’all misunderstood,” he said. “They didn’t understand me in the beginning either so you gotta keep pushing, stay who you are, be original, be diverse.” Watch the full speech here.
The Hip-Hop Talent Pool Is as Deep as It’s Ever Been
Just glancing at the deep field of nominees that BET narrowed down to the winners below, it is obvious how incredibly talented the current crop of hip-hop players are:
Best Hip-Hop Video
Drake – Hotline Bling
Best Collabo, Duo or Group
Fat Joe & Remy Ma ft. French Montana & Infared – All The Way Up
Best Live Performer
Lyricist of the Year
Video Director of the Year
DJ of the Year
Producer of the Year
MVP of the Year
Track of the Year
All The Way Up – Produced By Cool & Dre and Edsclusive (Fat Joe & Remy Ma ft. French Montana & Infared)
Album of the Year
Drake – Views
Best New Hip-Hop Artist
Chance the Rapper
Hustler of the Year
Made-You-Look Award (Best Hip-Hop Style)
Best Hip-Hop Online Site/ App
Chance the Rapper – Coloring Book
Sweet 16: Best Featured Verse
Kendrick Lamar – Freedom (Beyoncé ft. Kendrick Lamar)
Cole – Love Yourz
People’s Champ Award
Travis Scott – Antidote