ATLANTA Kendrick Lamar made a splash with his major label debut. He recently called out some of rap's best by name, warning them about his aim for hip-hop's top spot on Big Sean's "Control."
Now, BET is taking notice.
In a statement to The Associated Press, the network said Thursday that Lamar received the most nominations with 14 for the eighth annual BET Hip-Hop Awards. It airs Oct. 15. He is the show's reigning Lyricist of the Year and his 2012 album, "good kid, m.A.A.d city" recently sold more than 1 million units.
For the first time, rap veteran Snoop Dogg will host the show, which will be taped Sept. 28 at the Boisfeuillet (BOH'-fihl-ay) Jones Atlanta Civic Center.
Rapper Drake scored 13 nominations and J. Cole earned 10 nods.