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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 Lamarwins “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

Best Mixtape

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”