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T.I. Tops List Of BET Hip-Hop Nominees

Atlanta rap star T.I. leads the list of nominees for the 1st Annual BET Hip-Hop Awards with a total of 8 nominations.

T.I.'s nominations include Video of the Year, Hip-Hop Track of the Year, and Hip-Hop MVP of the Year. He's followed by Busta Rhymes with six, Chamillionaire with five, and Yung Joc and Lupe Fiasco with four.

The awards will be taped in Atlanta and will air on Nov. 15.

Ludacris, Snoop Dogg, T.I. &Young Dro, and Young Jeezy are scheduled to perform, with more artists to be announced in the coming weeks.

The evening's host is comedian Katt Williams, who says he has all the right credentials to do the job.

"You want to have somebody hosting a hip-hop show that actually loves hip hop and has for as long as they can remember," Williams said in a statement. "It's really a joy, because I'm going to be excited every second that I'm onstage. And the audience needs to see that sort of thing, not 'I'm qualified to be here and that's why I'm here.' But really, I'm so excited to be doing this."

The following is a complete list of the 2006 BET HIP-HOP AWARDS nominees and categories:

HIP-HOP VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Busta Rhymes f/ Mary J. Blige, Rah Digga, Missy Elliott, Lloyd Banks,
Papoose & DMX - Touch It Remix
Common - Testify
Lupe Fiasco - Kick, Push
T.I. - What You Know
Yung Joc - Goin' Down

ELEMENT AWARD: VIDEO DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
Benny Boom:
Chain Hang Low (Jibbs)
Fresh Azimiz Remix (Bow Wow f/ Mike Jones)
Have A Party (Mobb Deep f/ 50 Cent & Nate Dogg)
Hustler Musik/Money On My Mind (Lil Wayne)
Like This (Mack 10 f/ Nate Dogg)
Shooter (Lil Wayne f/ Robin Thicke)
Touch It (Busta Rhymes)
Touch It Remix (Busta Rhymes f/ Mary J. Blige, Rah Digga, Missy Elliott,
Lloyd Banks, Papoose & DMX)
Touchin' (David Banner f/Jazze Pha)

Dr. Teeth:
Chunk Up The Deuce (Lil KeKe f/ Paul Wall & Bun B)
Diamonds Remix (Slim Thug f/ Young Jeezy, Slick Pulla & Killa)
Everybody Get Up (Pitbull f/ Pretty Ricky)
Front Back (T.I. f/ UGK)
Let's Cheat (Tango Redd f/ Lloyd)
Spit Ya Game (The Notorious B.I.G. f/ Twista, Krayzie Bone, 8Ball & MJG)
They Don't Know (Paul Wall f/ Mike Jones & Bun B)
Way I Be Leanin' (Juvenile f/ Mike Jones, Paul Wall, Skip & Wacko

Hype Williams:
Control Myself (LL Cool J f/ Jennifer Lopez)
Diamonds On My Neck (Smitty)
Drive Slow (Kanye West f/ Paul Wall, T.I. & Gangsta L. Crisis)
Freeze (LL Cool J f/ Lyfe Jennings)
Gold Digger (Kanye West f/ Jamie Foxx)
My Hood (Young Jeezy)
Snap Yo Fingers (Lil Jon f/ E-40 & Sean Paul of YoungBloodZ)

Little X:
Girls (Beenie Man f/ Akon)
Shoulder Lean (Young Dro f/ T.I.)
Temperature (Sean Paul)
U And Dat (E-40 f/ T-Pain & Kandi)
(When You Gonna) Give It Up To Me (Sean Paul f/ Keyshia Cole)
Wild 2 Nite (Shaggy f/ Olivia)

Sanaa Hamri:
Ghetto Story Chapter 2 (Cham f/ Alicia Keys)
Nasty Girl (The Notorious B.I.G. f/ Nelly, Diddy, Jagged Edge & Avery
Storm)

HIP-HOP TRACK OF THE YEAR
Goin' Down - Yung Joc, Produced by Nitti
Ridin'- Chamillionaire f/ Krayzie Bone, Produced by Play-N-Skillz
Stay Fly - Three 6 Mafia f/Young Buck, 8 Ball & MJG, Produced by DJ Paul &
Juicy J
Touch It - Busta Rhymes, Produced by Swizz Beatz
What You Know - T.I., Produced by DJ Toomp

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Cham
Chamillionaire
Lupe Fiasco
Rick Ross
Yung Joc

ELEMENT AWARD: PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
Jermaine Dupri:
Control Myself (LL Cool J f/ Jennifer Lopez)
Fresh Azimiz Remix (Bow Wow f/ Mike Jones)
Pullin' Me Back (Chingy f/ Tyrese)

Kanye West:
Drive Slow (Kanye West f/ Paul Wall, T.I. & Gangsta L. Crisis)
Gold Digger (Kanye West f/ Jamie Foxx)
Heard 'Em Say (Kanye West f/ Adam Levine)
Shake (Ying Yang Twins f/ Pitbull)
Testify (Common)
Touch The Sky (Kanye West f/ Lupe Fiasco)

Lil Jon:
Presidential (YoungBloodZ)
Snap Yo Fingers (Lil Jon f/ E-40 & Sean Paul {YoungBloodZ})
Tell Me When To Go (E-40 f/ Keak Da Sneak)

Nitti:
Goin' Down (Yung Joc)
I know You See It (Yung Joc f/ Brandy "Ms. B" Hambrick)

Swizz Beatz:
New York **** (Busta Rhymes f/ Swizz Beats)
Spit Ya Game (The Notorious B.I.G. f/ Twista, Krayzie Bone, 8Ball & MJG)
Touch It (Busta Rhymes)
Touch It Remix (Busta Rhymes f/ Mary J. Blige, Rah Digga, Missy Elliott,
Lloyd Banks, Papoose & DMX)
Touchin' (David Banner f/Jazze Pha)

HIP-HOP MVP OF THE YEAR
Chamillionaire
Lil Wayne
T.I.
Young Jeezy
Yung Joc

ELEMENT AWARD: LYRICIST OF THE YEAR
Busta Rhymes
Common
Lil Wayne
Lupe Fiasco
T.I.

ELEMENT AWARD: BEST HIP-HOP DANCE OF THE YEAR
Chicken Noodle Soup
Hyphy (Go Dumb)
Motorcycle
Shoulder Lean
Snap

BEST HIP-HOP MOVIE
ATL - Director: Chris Robinson
Beef: 3 - Director: Peter Spirer
Boss'n Up - Director: Dylan C. Brown
Get Rich or Die Tryin' - Director: Jim Sheridan
Waist Deep - Director: Vondie Curtis-Hall

BEST LIVE PERFORMANCE
Busta Rhymes
Kanye West
Missy Elliott
T.I.
Yung Joc

BEST COLLABO
Busta Rhymes f/ Mary J. Blige, Rah Digga, Missy Elliott, Lloyd Banks,
Papoose & DMX - Touch It Remix
Cham f/ Alicia Keys - Ghetto Story Chapter 2
Chamillionaire f/ Krayzie Bone - Ridin'
Nelly f/ Paul Wall, Ali & Big Gipp - Grillz
Young Dro f/ T.I. - Shoulder Lean

HIP-HOP CD OF THE YEAR
King - T.I.
Late Registration - Kanye West
Let's Get It: Thug Motivation 101 - Young Jeezy
Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor - Lupe Fiasco
Tha Carter II - Lil Wayne

HIP-HOP HUSTLER AWARD
Diddy
Jay-Z
Ludacris
Nelly
T.I.

BEST UNITED KINGDOM ARTIST (BET International Category)
Dizzee Rascal
Sway
Plan B
Kano
Blak Twang

ALLTEL WIRELESS PEOPLE'S CHAMP AWARD (VIEWERS' CHOICE)
Busta Rhymes f/ Mary J. Blige, Rah Digga, Missy Elliott, Lloyd Banks,
Papoose & DMX - Touch It Remix
Chamillionaire f/ Krayzie Bone - Ridin'
Dem Franchize Boyz f/ Peanut & Charlay - Lean With It, Rock With It
Lil Jon f/ E-40 & Sean Paul (YoungBloodZ) - Snap Yo Fingers
Rick Ross - Hustlin'
Young Jeezy - Trap Star/Go Crazy

By Judy Faber

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