NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sep 12, 2018--The BET “Hip Hop Awards” will return to The Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater for the second consecutive year on Saturday, October 6, 2018, and will premiere on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at 8:00PM ET/PT.

Grammy Award winning, Multi-Platinum artist, Drake leads this year’s nominations with an impressive 11 nods. Following the impressive release of Scorpion, Drake’s 11 nods includes ‘Lyricist of the Year,’ ‘MVP of the Year,’ ‘Sweet 16,’ ‘Album of the Year,’ ‘Hot Ticket Performer,’ ‘Hustler of the Year,’ ‘Best Collabo,’ and 2 nods for the ‘Best Hip-Hop Video,’ & ‘Single of the Year’ categories. Cardi B, 2017 Best New Hip-Hop Artist winner, follows closely with an astonishing 10 nominations. With her first official release Invasion of Privacy, the “Bodak Yellow” rapper snags 10 nods including ‘Best Hip-Hop Video,’ ‘Album of the Year,’ ‘MVP of the Year,’ ‘Single of the Year,’ ‘Hot Ticket Performer,’ ‘Made-You-Look Award,’ ‘Hustler of the Year,’ ‘Best Collabo’ and 2 nods in the ‘Sweet 16’ category.

Childish Gambino snagged the third highest nominations with 6 nods including ‘Hot Ticket Performer,’ ‘Lyricist of the Year,’ ‘MVP of the Year,’ ‘Best Hip-Hop Video,’ and ‘Single of The Year,’ all of which he will face off against top nominees Cardi B & Drake. Additionally, he snags a nomination for this year’s ‘Impact Track’ award for his first No. 1 hit, “This is America,” whose video also garnered director Hiro Murai, his first ‘Video Director of the Year’ nomination.

Other top nominees for the 2018 awards include Travis Scott and Kendrick Lamar, who both received 5 nods, Travis Scott’s nominations include ‘Hot Ticket Performer,’ ‘Lyricist of the Year,’ ‘MVP of the Year,’ and the ‘Made-You-Look Award (Best Hip-Hop Style).’ Kendrick Lamar’s nods include ‘Hot Ticket Performer,’ ‘Hustler of the Year,’ ‘Lyricist of the Year,’ ‘Sweet 16: Best Featured Verse,’ and ‘Best Hip Hop Video’ for the visuals for “Loyalty” featuring Rihanna.

Additionally, ‘Best New Hip-Hop Artist’ Award nominees include industry newcomers BlocBoy JB, Juice WRLD, Lil Baby, Rich The Kid, and XXXTentacion who posthumously receives the nomination.

Jesse Collins, CEO of Jesse Collins Entertainment, will serve as Executive Producer of the along with Connie Orlando, BET Head of Programming and Jeannae Rouzan–Clay, Vice President of Specials, Jesse Collins Entertainment.

See below for the complete list of 2018 Official Nominees:

Best Hip-Hop Video Cardi B - I Like It Feat. Bad Bunny & J Balvin Childish Gambino - This Is America Drake - God's Plan Kendrick Lamar – Loyalty Feat. Rihanna Migos - Walk It Talk It Feat. Drake

Hot Ticket Performer Cardi B Childish Gambino Drake Kendrick Lamar Travis Scott

Album of the Year Cardi B - Invasion Of Privacy Drake - Scorpion J. Cole - KOD Migos - Culture II The Carters - Everything Is Love

Video Director of the Year Benny Boom Dave Meyers & The Little Homies Director X Eif Rivera Hiro Murai Karena Evans

Lyricist of the Year Childish Gambino Drake J. Cole Kendrick Lamar Travis Scott

MVP of the Year Cardi B Childish Gambino Drake J. Cole Travis Scott

Producer of the Year Ben Billions DJ Esco DJ Mustard Metro Boomin Pharrell Williams

Best Collabo, Duo or Group 21 Savage & Offset & Metro Boomin - Ric Flair Drip BlocBoy JB - Look Alive Feat. Drake Cardi B - I Like It Feat. Bad Bunny & J Balvin Post Malone – Rockstar Feat. 21 Savage The Carters – Apes**t

Single of the Year Apes**t - Produced By Pharrell (The Carters) God's Plan - Produced By Cardo, Young Exclusive and Boi-1da (Drake) I Like It - Produced By Craig Kallman, JWhiteDidIt and Tainy (Cardi B Feat. Bad Bunny & J Balvin) Nice For What - Produced By Murda Beatz (Drake) This Is America - Produced By Donald Glover & Ludwig Goransson (Childish Gambino)

Best New Hip-Hop Artist BlocBoy JB Juice Wrld Lil Baby Rich The Kid XXXTentacion

Best Mixtape BlocBoy JB - Simi Future - Beast Mode 2 Juicy J – Shut Da F* Up Lil Wayne - Dedication 6: Reloaded Zoey Dollaz - Sorry Not Sorry

Sweet 16: Best Featured Verse 21 Savage - “Bartier Cardi” (Cardi B Feat. 21 Savage) Cardi B - “Motorsport” (Migos Feat. Cardi B & Nicki Minaj) Drake - “Look Alive” (BlocBoy JB Feat. Drake) Kendrick Lamar - “New Freezer” (Rich The Kid Feat. Kendrick Lamar) Nicki Minaj - “Big Bank” (Yg Feat. 2 Chainz, Big Sean & Nicki Minaj)

Impact Track Childish Gambino - This Is America Dej Loaf & Leon Bridges - Liberated Lecrae - I'll Find You Feat. Tori Kelly Meek Mill – Stay Woke Feat. Miguel N.E.R.D - 1,000 Feat. FUTURE

DJ of the Year Calvin Harris DJ Envy DJ Drama DJ Khaled DJ Mustard

Made-You-Look Award (Best Hip-Hop Style) Cardi B Migos Nicki Minaj Remy Ma Travis Scott

Best Hip-Hop Online Site/App ALLHIPHOP Complex Hot New Hip Hop Worldstar XXL

Hustler of the Year Cardi B DJ Khaled Drake Jay-Z Kendrick Lamar Travis Scott

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ABOUT JESSE COLLINS ENTERTAINMENT: Jesse Collins Entertainment (JCE) is a full service television and film production company founded by entertainment industry veteran Jesse Collins. For more than a decade, Collins has played an integral role in producing some of television’s most memorable moments in music entertainment. Collins has produced ground-breaking and award winning television programming including the BET Awards, the GRAMMY Awards, Soul Train Awards, BET Honors, UNCF An Evening of Stars, ABFF Awards and the BET Hip Hop Awards. Collins was an executive producer of the hit TV series, Real Husbands of Hollywood starring Kevin Hart, the critically-acclaimed The New Edition Story, a biopic on the boy band that aired as a 3-part mini-series on BET in January 2017 and posted record ratings for the network and attracted nearly 30 million viewers. He is also the executive producer of VH1 shows Dear Mama and Hip Hop Squares with Ice Cube. He has appeared on the cover of Vibe magazine and has been featured in numerous publications including Ebony magazine. JCE recently produced The Bobby Brown Story, which premiered on Sept. 4 th & 5 th on BET.

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