Kanye West has already boasted that despite his media blackout, he still gets the most press. Maybe in his next rhyme, the College Dropout can point out that even though he doesn't attend the awards, he gets the most trophies. Yeezy didn't show up to the 2012 BET Hip Hop Awards, but his presence was still felt after he won six prizes.
'Ye was [article id="1693768"]nominated 17 times[/article], and while the show — which aired Tuesday (October 9) but was pre-taped September 29 — didn't air all the categories, BET listed the winners on its website. Kanye snagged Producer of the Year, the Made You Look Award (Best Hip Hop Style) and the Perfect Combo Award for "Mercy," along with his G.O.O.D. Music crew. The multiplatinum hitmaker took home another three awards for his work with Jay-Z as part of the Throne, bringing his total to six.
2 Chainz had himself a hell of a night as well, taking home three trophies, including the People's Champ Award and Rookie of the Year, and [article id="1695219"]performing as well[/article]. Rick Ross beat out heavy-hitter Jay-Z for MVP of the Year, but Hov's business moves earned him the Hustler of the Year win.
[article id="1695215"]Wiz Khalifa opens 2012 BET Hip Hop Awards with Young Jeezy and Juicy J![/article]
Kendrick Lamar pulled the biggest upset of the night, when the rookie rapper bested veterans Nas, Jay-Z and Kanye West for Lyricist of the Year, and it was Drake and Lil Wayne who earned the top spot in the Video of the Year category for their "HYFR" clip.
All in all it was a memorable night, which had comedian Mike Epps hosting and Wiz Khalifa [article id="1695215"]opening[/article] alongside Young Jeezy and Juicy J in the Atlanta Civic Center. T.I. tore through his "Track Back Jumpin' " single, and Meek Mill and Kirko Bangz rocked their new collaboration "Young and Gettin' It." 2 Chainz, [article id="1695220"]Rick Ross[/article] and Kendrick Lamar also performed, while Snoop Dogg, Mac Miller and DMX took part in the awards show's fan-favorite cyphers.
[article id="1695221"]50 Cent and Fat Joe came together for a tribute to Chris Lighty at the 2012 BET Hip Hop Awards.[/article]
The night [article id="1695221"]ended beautifully[/article] with an all-star performance from A Tribe Called Quest, Busta Rhymes, Fat Joe, Missy Elliott and 50 Cent in honor of fallen music mogul Chris Lighty.
The full list of winners at the 2012 BET Hip Hop Awards:
Best Hip-Hop Video
Drake (featuring Lil Wayne), "HYFR"
Reese's Perfect Combo Award
Kanye West, 2 Chainz, Big Sean and Pusha T, "Mercy"
Best Live Performer
Lyricist of the Year
Video Director of the Year
Producer of the Year
MVP of the Year
Track of the Year
The Throne, "N---as in Paris"
CD of the Year
The Throne, Watch the Throne
DJ of the Year
Rookie of the Year
Made You Look Award (Best Hip Hop Style)
Best Club Banger
The Throne, "N---as in Paris"
Meek Mill, Dreamchasers 2
Sweet 16: Best Featured Verse
2 Chainz, "Mercy"
Hustler of the Year
People's Champ Award
2 Chainz (featuring Drake), "No Lie"
Best Hip-Hop Online Site