ATLANTA — Crooner and rapper Drake heads the 2015 BET Hip Hop Awards nominations with 12. Rapper Big Sean follows closely with 10 nominations, followed by Nicki Minaj with nine and Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole with eight apiece.
The ceremony will be taped at the (Boisfeuillet Jones) Atlanta Civic Center in Atlanta on Oct. 9. It will premiere on Oct. 13 at 8 p.m. ET.
T.I., Fetty Wap, Rich Homie Quan, Dej Loaf, Kid Ink, Young Dro, DJ Mustard and DJ Premier have been announced as performers for the show, which will be hosted for the third straight year by Snoop Dogg.
Also announced as this year’s “I Am Hip Hop” Award honoree: legendary rapper Scarface. The Houston native first came to prominence with the Geto Boys on the 1991 top 10 hit “Mind Playing Tricks on Me.” Scarface has since released 12 solo albums, including chart-toppers “The World is Yours,” “The Untouchable” and “My Homies.” Deeply Rooted, which was released on Sept. 4, debuted and peaked at No. 11 on the Billboard 200 — his highest charting album since 2002’s The Fix reached No. 4.