Lil Wayne is having a moment. On the heels of landing a nearly platinum first sales week for Tha Carter IV, Weezy put up another set of gaudy numbers on Wednesday when he was nominated for a record 18 BET Hip-Hop Awards.
How big a figure is that? Wayne’s number equaled the combined total of the next two biggest nominees at the sixth annual show, Kanye West and Wiz Khalifa, who each earned nine a piece. Among his nods: Best Live Performer, Lyricist of the Year, MVP of the Year, Track of the Year, Best Club Banger and Viewers’ Choice (“6 Foot, 7 Foot”), Best Featured Verse (“Motivation” by Kelly Rowland) and Hustler of the Year.
Right behind Wiz and ’Ye is Rick Ross, with eight nominations including Hustler of the Year, MVP of the Year, Lyricist of the Year and Reese’s Perfect Combo Award for best collaboration for his verses on Ace Hood’s “Hustle Hard” remix and DJ Khaled’s “I’m on One.”
Kanye got lots of love for his visuals and performances, including Best Hip-Hop Video for “All of the Lights,” Best Live Performer, Lyricist of the Year, Video Director of the Year, Producer of the Year, MVP of the Year and CD of the Year for My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.
Wiz was noticed as Rookie of the Year, Made-You-Look Award for hip-hop style, Verizon People’s Champ Award (Viewers’ Choice) and Best Club Banger for “Black and Yellow,” and two bids for the Sweet 16: Best Featured Verse for his bars on Tinie Tempah’s “Till I’m Gone” and Cee Lo Green’s “Bright Lights, Bigger City.”
The show, which will air on October 11, will be hosted by comedian Mike Epps and feature Maybach Music’s Meek Mill in the cypher.