The 2017 BET Hip Hop Awards are set to take place October 6 at the Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater in Miami Beach, Florida, and will air October 10. The nominations were announced on September 15, 2017.
Kendrick Lamar, DJ Khaled, and Cardi B lead the BET Hip-Hop Awards 2017 with nine nominations apiece. Kendrick and Cardi B will vie for MVP of the Year, Single of the Year, Hustler of the Year, and Best Hip-Hop Video. Meanwhile, Khaled is out for the crown in the DJ of the Year, Best Hip-Hop Video, and Producer of the Year categories.
JAY-Z and Chance the Rapper are tied for the second-most nominations with five nods each. Both are nominated in categories like Lyricist of the Year, MVP of the Year, and Impact Track. Elsewhere, Future and Migos received four nominations apiece.
Khaled Mohamed "DJ" Khaled (born November 26, 1975), is an American record producer, radio personality, DJ, record label executive, and author. He previously went by the name Arab Attack, but changed it after the 9/11 attacks, as he did not want to appear insensitive. He was a radio host for the Miami-based urban music radio station WEDR "99 Jamz" and the DJ for the hip hop group Terror Squad. From 2004 to 2006, Khaled assisted in the production of the hip-hop albums Real Talk by Fabolous, True Story by Terror Squad, All or Nothing and Me, Myself, & I by Fat Joe.
In 2006, Khaled released his debut studio album Listennn... the Album. He went on to release We the Best (2007), We Global (2008), Victory (2010), We the Best Forever (2011), Kiss the Ring (2012) and Suffering from Success (2013). In 2009, Khaled became the president of record label Def Jam South and he is also the CEO and founder of We the Best Music Group. Khaled released his eighth studio album, I Changed a Lot, on October 23, 2015. In July 2016 he released his ninth studio album Major Key, and on June 23, 2017, his tenth studio album, Grateful, was released.
Belcalis Almanzar (born October 11, 1992), professionally known as Cardi B, is an American hip hop recording artist, as well as a television and social media personality. Born and raised in the Bronx borough of New York City, she first received public attention as an exotic dancer, and coupled with her “no filter attitude," through Instagram she became an internet celebrity. She continued to gain more recognition in 2015, after becoming a regular cast member of the VH1 reality television series Love & Hip Hop: New York. In February 2017, Cardi B signed her first solo record deal with Atlantic Records. Cardi B continued to rise to prominence in August 2017, when her commercial debut single "Bodak Yellow", reached the top 3 of the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. It also reached number 1 on the Hot Rap Songs chart, number 2 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, and number 3 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart.