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T.I. Leads BET Hip-Hop Nominee Pack With 9 Nods

By Allen Starbury

ti-bet-awards.jpgFollowing a crazy ceremony from the VMAs, BET is gearing up for their second annual BET Hip-Hop Awards, going down in Atlanta Georgia and airing on October 17th.

Of this year's nominees, T.I. comes out on top, much like he did last year, during the awards show's first ever ceremony. This year, T.I. tops everyone with nine nominations including Lyricist of the Year, MVP of the Year and Hustler of the Year.

Lil Wayne comes in behind the "King of the South" with a total of seven noms, while Kanye West drew six, Common earned five, Jay-Z grabbed four, and Ludacris and 50 Cent got three each.

"We are so glad to be back in Atlanta again for this year's version of what, in its debut, became the single hottest show in hip-hop," said Stephen Hill, executive vice president of entertainment, music and talent at BET.

The show will be hosted by comedian Katt Williams for the second time, while performances will include Nelly, Lil Wayne, Kanye West and Common.

The network will also honor the legendary KRS-One with the I Am Hip-Hop icon award.

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