Pop Up, Guess Who? That’s Right, Cardi B Leads 2019 BET Hip Hop Awards With 10 Nominations

Cardi B performs at the 7th Annual BET Experience on June 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.
Cardi B performs at the 7th Annual BET Experience on June 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.
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Cardi B don’t need more press, but she’s getting some today! Okurrr!

The “Press” artist leads the pack, racking in 10 nominations for the 2019 BET Hip Hop Awards. She is in the running for top categories such as Best Hip Hop Video, Single of the Year, MVP of the Year and more.


Second place is shared three ways—Travis Scott, DJ Khaled and J. Cole each have eight nominations. Though he wore the top crown in 2018, Drake comes in third this time with seven noms. Megan Thee Stallion and DaBaby are also looking to have a good night, each snagging four nominations.

The late Nipsey Hussle’s presence will definitely be felt as he scored five noms.

As Billboard notes, the awards and cyphers will be returning to Cobb Energy Center in Atlanta this year after spending the past two years in Miami. Also, this year will introduce a new category—Best International Flow, which will highlight artists outside of the U.S.

The 2019 BET Hip Hop Awards air Tuesday, Oct. 8 at 8 p.m. ET on BET. The complete list of nominees is below.

Best Hip-Hop Video

21 Savage - “A Lot” Feat. J. Cole

Cardi B - “Money”

City Girls - “Twerk” Feat. Cardi B

DaBaby - “Suge”

Meek Mill - “Going Bad” Feat. Drake

Travis Scott - “Sicko Mode” Feat. Drake

Hot Ticket Performer

Cardi B



Megan Thee Stallion

The Carters

Travis Scott

Album of the Year

Travis Scott - Astroworld

Meek Mill - Championships

Lizzo - Cuz I Love You

DJ Khaled - Father of Asahd

Tyler, The Creator - Igor

Dreamville - Revenge of the Dreamers 3

Video Director of the Year

Benny Boom

Bruno Mars, Florent Dechard


Dave Meyers

Eif Rivera

Travis Scott

Lyricist of the Year

2 Chainz


J. Cole

Meek Mill

Nipsey Hussle

YBN Cordae

MVP of the Year

Cardi B

DJ Khaled


J. Cole

Megan Thee Stallion

Nipsey Hussle

Producer of the Year

DJ Khaled

London On Da track

Metro Boomin’


Swizz Beatz

Tay Keith

Best Collab, Duo or Group

21 Savage Feat. J. Cole - “A Lot”

Cardi B & Bruno Mars - “Please Me

DJ Khaled Feat. Nipsey Hussle & John Legend - “Higher”

Lil Baby & Gunna - “Drip Too Hard”

Lil Nas X Feat. Billy Ray Cyrus - “Old Town Road (Remix)“

Travis Scott Feat. Drake - “Sicko Mode”

Single of the Year

“Act Up” - Produced by EarlThePearll (City Girls)

“Big Ole Freak” - Produced by LilJuMadeDaBeat (Megan Thee Stallion)

“Money” - Produced by J. White Did It (Cardi B)

“Old Town Road (Remix)“ - Produced by YoungKio (Lil Nas X Feat. Billy Ray Cyrus)

“Sicko Mode” - Produced by Rogét Chahayed, CuBeatz, OZ, Hit-Boy & Tay Keith (Travis Scott Feat. Drake)


“Suge” - Produced by Pooh Beatz & JetsonMade (DaBaby)

Best New Hip-Hop Artist



Lil Nas X

Megan Thee Stallion

Roddy Ricch

YBN Cordae

Best Mixtape

Jack Harlow - Loose

Kevin Gates - Luca Brasi 3

Megan Thee Stallion - Fever

Roddy Ricch - Feed Tha Streets II

Wiz Khalifa & Curren$y - 2009

YBN Almighty Jay, YBN Cordae & YBN Nahmir - YBN: The Mixtape

Sweet 16: Best Featured Verse

21 Savage - “Wish Wish” ( DJ Khaled Feat. Cardi B & 21 Savage)

Cardi B – “Clout” (Offset Feat. Cardi B)

Cardi B – “Twerk” (City Girls Feat. Cardi B)

J. Cole - “A Lot” (21 Savage Feat. J Cole)

Rick Ross - “Money in the Grave” (Drake Feat. Rick Ross)

Rick Ross - “What’s Free” (Meek Mill Feat.Jay-Z & Rick Ross)

Impact Track

21 Savage - “A Lot” Feat. J. Cole

DJ Khaled - “Higher” Feat. Nipsey Hussle & John Legend

J. Cole - “Middle Child”

Kap G - “A Day Without a Mexican”

Lizzo - “Tempo” Feat. Missy Elliott

Youngboy Never Broke Again - “I Am Who They Say I Am” Feat. Quando Rondo & Kevin Gates


DJ of the Year

Chase B

DJ Drama

DJ Envy

DJ Esco

DJ Khaled


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

Cardi B

DJ Khaled

French Montana

Meek Mill

Rick Ross

Travis Scott

Best Hip-Hop Online Site/App

All Hip-Hop



The Shade Room



Hustler of the Year

Cardi B

DJ Khaled


Nipsey Hussle

Rick Ross

Travis Scott

Best International Flow

Falz (Nigeria)

Ghetts (U.K.)

Kalash (France)

Lil Simz (U.K.)

Nasty C (South Africa)

Sarkodie (Ghana)

Tory Lanez (Canada)

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