DJ Khaled and Kendrick Lamar Win Big at the 2016 BET “Hip Hop Awards”

Oct 04, 2016
By ViacomCBS Staff

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The BET “HIP HOP AWARDS” has remained the most prominent hip hop showcase on television for ten years with its powerful performances, iconic hip hop honorees and much-anticipated cyphers. Multi-platinum artist, mega-producer and ‘Anthem King’ DJ Khaled hosted hip-hop’s biggest night of the year at The Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta, GA.

DJ Khaled and Kendrick Lamar tie the lead with three wins each; DJ Khaled wins “DJ of the Year”, “MVP of the Year”, and undoubtedly the “Hustler of the Year” award; Kendrick Lamar wins “Lyricist of the Year”, “Best Live Performer, and “Sweet 16: Best Featured Verse” for his verse in Beyoncé’s “Freedom”. The breakout newcomer, Chance The Rapper, picked up two awards including “Best New Hip-Hop Artist” and “Best Mixtape”. Drake also wins two awards including “Album of the Year” and “Best Hip-Hop Video” for “Hotline Bling”. And Travis Scott is crowned with the “People’s Champ Award”. Kendrick Lamar presented the “I Am Hip Hop” Award to Snoop Dogg whose speech was both politically and emotionally empowering.

Viewers tuned into the hottest performances by T.I. in his moving and politically charged song “We Will Not”; Gucci Mane made his return to the big stage with Travis Scott, Young Thug and Quavo. O.T. Genasis kept the high energy going with his performance and Brooklyn’s own Young M.A. brought the crowd to their feet with “Ooouuu”. LeCrae and Big K.R.I.T. performed “Power of Rap” freestyles that were passionate and thought-provoking. And some of the biggest performances of the night included Lil Uzi Vert, Lil Yachty, 21 Savage, Big Baby D.R.A.M., Dae Dae and Isaiah Rashad.

The 2016 complete list of BET “Hip Hop Awards” winners 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
Kendrick Lamar

Lyricist of the Year
Kendrick Lamar

Video Director of the Year
Director X

DJ of the Year
DJ Khaled

Producer of the Year
Metro Boomin

MVP of the Year
DJ Khaled

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
DJ Khaled

Made-You-Look Award (Best Hip-Hop Style)
Kanye West

Best Hip-Hop Online Site/ App

Chance the Rapper – “Coloring Book”

Sweet 16: Best Featured Verse
Kendrick Lamar – “Freedom” (Beyoncé ft. Kendrick Lamar)

Impact Track
J. Cole – “Love Yourz”

People’s Champ Award
Travis Scott – “Antidote”

Jesse Collins, CEO of Jesse Collins Entertainment, serves as Executive Producer of the BET “Hip Hop Awards along with Stephen G. Hill, BET’s President of Programming, Connie Orlando, BET’s Senior Vice President of Music and Specials and Lynne Harris Taylor, BET’s Vice President of Specials. is the official site for the BET “HIP HOP AWARDS” 2016 where fans can visit to get up-to-date info on this year's show and take a look back on past BET Hip Hop Awards. In the coming weeks, will launch a series of interactive timelines; exclusive video content games and quizzes leading up to the show.

BET “HIP HOP AWARDS” is fresh, legendary and, as always, a memorable night that you don’t want to miss!

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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 Networks 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.


Snoop Dogg has sold more than 35 million albums worldwide, and has reigned for more than two decades as an unparalleled musical force who has raised the bar as an entertainer and globally recognized innovator. Since 1993, he has released fourteen albums and collaborated with artists across all genres of music. Snoop defines hip-hop history. As a trendsetter of pop culture, Snoop’s ventures include: (a) multiple music/film/TV deals, (b) his WestFestTV YouTube channel, where his wildly popular "GGN News" series appears weekly and (c), most recently, being at the forefront of the global cannabis revolution with businesses such as the 'Leafs By Snoop' product line, MERRYJANE.COM, and Casa Verde Capital.


Jesse Collins Entertainment is a full service television and film production company founded by entertainment industry veteran Jesse Collins. For more than a decade, Collins, the company’s CEO, has played an integral role in producing some of television’s most memorable moments in music entertainment. Formerly Executive Producer/EVP of Cossette Productions, Collins has produced ground-breaking and award winning television programming including the BET Awards, the GRAMMY Awards, BET Honors, The UNCF Evening of Stars and the BET Hip Hop Awards. Collins currently Exec. Produces “The Real Husbands of Hollywood,” (now going into its 4th hit season) alongside industry Icons Stan Lathan and Ralph Farquhar; and has worked with superstar talent such as Will Smith, Chris Rock, Jay-Z, Rihanna, Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Prince, Mariah Carey and many more.

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