BET Hip Hop Awards 2011




Kanye West takes top honors with CD of the Year; Nicki Minaj wins MVP of the Year; Lil Wayne takes home five; and Busta Rhymes locks in 4.



Kanye West
October 11, 2011

NEW YORK, NY — The sixth annual "BET Hip Hop Awards" brought the hip hop heat with the highly anticipated homecoming of Atlanta native T.I., who performed "F.A.M.E." alongside Young Jeezy and literally ignited the stage with their phenomenal performance. Hosted by comedian Mike Epps, the "BET Hip Hop Awards" was a night filled with brilliant collaborations. DMX stormed the stage with Ruff Ryders alum Swizz Beatz; G.O.O.D Music's newest stars Big Sean and Roscoe Dash did it bringing the audience to their feet with hit singles "I Do It" and "Marvin & Chardonnay." Maybach Music Group came through deep with Rick Ross, Wale, Meek Mill with special guest El Debarge supplying his legendary falsetto to "That Way." Wiz Khalifa gave an all energy performance of "Taylor Gang" and Heavy D made his return to the stage with Tyrese, a catalogue of hits and a crew of old school hip hop dancers.

Always on point, this year's BET hip hop cyphers were epic. An outstanding seven sets of cyphers from the best in the business — Eminem, Rick Ross, Ludacris, Joe Budden, Yelawolf, Estelle, Busta Rhymes, Ace Hood, Blind Fury, Mike Epps and many more. LL Cool J was honored as the 2011 recipient of the "I Am Hip-Hop" Icon Award, and received it with a poignant acceptance speech. Part rap, part reminiscence, it was lyrical gold and irrefutable confirmation that the right man had been selected for the distinction.

"2011 BET Hip Hop Awards" Winners

Best Hip Hop Video
Chris Brown f/ Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes - "Look at Me Now"

Reese's Perfect Combo Award (Best Collab)
Chris Brown f/ Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes - "Look at Me Now"

Best Live Performer
Lil Wayne

Lyricist of the Year
Lil Wayne

Video Director of the Year
Hype Williams

Producer of the Year
Lex Luger

MVP of the Year
Nicki Minaj

Track of the Year
"Black and Yellow" - Produced by Stargate (Wiz Khalifa)

CD of the Year
Kanye West - "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy"

DJ of the Year
DJ Khaled

Rookie of the Year
Wiz Khalifa

Made-You-Look Award (Best Hip Hop Style)
Nicki Minaj

Best Hip Hop Online Site World Star
Hip Hop.com

Best Club Banger
Waka Flocka Flame f/ Roscoe Dash & Wale - "No Hands" (Produced by Drumma Boy)

Best Mixtape
J. Cole - "Friday Night Lights"

Sweet 16: Best Featured Verse
Busta Rhymes - "Look at Me Now" (Chris Brown f/ Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes)

Hustler of the Year
Jay-Z

People's Champ Award powered by Verizon (Viewers' Choice)
Chris Brown f/ Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes - "Look at Me Now"

For the "BET Hip Hop Awards 2011," BET once again teamed up with Cossette Productions, the famed producers of the Grammy Awards and the record-setting BET Awards shows, to handle production of the telecast. Stephen G. Hill, BET President, Music and Programming, along with Lynne Harris Taylor, BET Vice President of Specials, are executive producers of the telecast.


*All times are ET/PT.