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Drake leads BET Hip-Hop Awards nominations

Drake leads BET Hip-Hop Awards nominations
Drake performs on the main stage during Day 3 of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio on April 12. (Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)

Drake leads the list of nominations for the upcoming BET Hip-Hop Awards, the network revealed Tuesday.

For the second year in a row, the rapper-singer dominated the field of categories. He scored 12 nods, including album of the year, video, collaboration and lyricist of the year.  

The bounty of nominations add to the superstar's massive year.

In February, he issued a 17-song project titled "If You're Reading This It's Too Late" on iTunes without warning.

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The mixtape, an appetizer while he preps his much-teased "Views From the 6," was an instant smash and recently became the first album released this year to cross the million sales mark, according to Nielsen Music.

He helped usher in festival season with a headlining slot at Coachella (where he got an infamous tongue-kissing from Madonna), before using his own OVO Festival to claim victorious in a beef with Meek Mill that heated up summer.

Big Sean, another emcee in the midst of a banner career year (one that's positioning the Detroit native as a crossover rap star), follows with 10 nominations. He's got multiple nods in the video and collaboration categories as well as lyricist and MVP of the year.

Nicki Minaj, Kendrick Lamar and J.Cole also received multiple nominations.

The 2015 BET Hip Hop Awards will be pre-taped at the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center in Atlanta and air on Oct. 13 at 8 p.m. Snoop Dogg will return as host. 

Full nominations below:

Best hip-hop video
Big Sean featuring Chris Brown and Ty Dolla $ign -- "Play No Games"
Big Sean featuring Drake and Kanye West -- "Blessings"
Fetty Wap -- "Trap Queen"
Kendrick Lamar -- "Alright"
Nicki Minaj featuring Beyonce -- "Feeling Myself"

Best collaboration, duo or group
Big Sean featuring Drake and Kanye West -- "Blessings"
Big Sean featuring E-40 -- "IDFWU"
Fetty Wap featuring Monty -- "My Way"
Nicki Minaj featuring Beyonce -- "Feeling Myself"
Nicki Minaj featuring Drake and Lil Wayne -- "Truffle Butter"

Best live performer
Drake
J. Cole
Kanye West
Kendrick Lamar
Nicki Minaj

Lyricist of the year
Big Sean
Drake
J. Cole
Kendrick Lamar
Nicki Minaj

Video director of the year
Alan Ferguson
Benny Boom
Chris Robinson/Lil Chris
Colin Tilley
Director X

DJ of the year
DJ Drama
DJ Envy
DJ Esco
DJ Khaled
DJ Mustard

Producer of the year
DJ Mustard
J. Cole
Kanye West
Mike Will Made-It
Pharrell Williams
Timbaland

MVP of the year
Big Sean
Drake
Future
J. Cole
Kendrick Lamar
Nicki Minaj

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Track of the year
"Alright" -- Produced by Pharrell Williams and Sounwave (Kendrick Lamar)
"Blessings" -- Produced by Boi-1da and Vinylz (Big Sean featuring Drake and Kanye West)
"Commas" -- Produced by DJ Spinz and Southside (Future)
"IDFWU" -- Produced by DJ Dahi, DJ Mustard, Kanye West and Key Wane (Big Sean featuring E-40)
"Trap Queen" -- Produced by Tony Fadd (Fetty Wap)

Album of the year
Big Sean -- "Dark Sky Paradise"
Drake -- "If You're Reading This It's Too Late"
J. Cole -- "2014 Forest Hills Drive"
Kendrick Lamar -- "To Pimp a Butterfly"
Nicki Minaj -- "The Pinkprint"
Wale -- "The Album About Nothing"

Who blew up award
Bobby Shmurda
DeJ Loaf
Fetty Wap
Rae Sremmurd
Tink

Hustler of the year
Dr. Dre
Drake
J. Cole
Jay Z
Nicki Minaj

Made-you-look award (Best hip-hop style)
A$AP Rocky
DeJ Loaf
Drake
Kanye West
Nicki Minaj

Best club banger
Big Sean featuring E-40 -- "IDFWU" (Produced by DJ Dahi, DJ Mustard, Kanye West and Key Wane)
Dej Loaf -- "Try Me" (Produced by Dds)
Fetty Wap -- "Trap Queen" (Produced by Tony Fadd)
Future -- "Commas" (Produced by DJ Spinz and Southside)
Rich Homie Quan -- "Flex (Ooh, Ooh, Ooh)" (Produced by DJ Spinz and Nitti Beatz)

Best mixtape
Future -- "56 Nights"
Future -- "Beast Mode"
Future -- "Monster"
Lil Wayne -- "Sorry 4 the Wait 2"
Travis Scott -- "Days Before Rodeo"

Sweet 16: Best featured verse
Drake -- "Blessings" (Big Sean featuring Drake and Kanye West)
Drake -- "My Way (Remix)" (Fetty Wap featuring Drake)
E-40 -- "IDFWU" (Big Sean featuring E-40)
Kendrick Lamar -- "Classic Man (Remix)" (Jidenna featuring Kendrick Lamar)
Lil Wayne -- "Truffle Butter" (Nicki Minaj featuring Drake and Lil Wayne)

Impact track
Big Sean featuring Kanye West and John Legend -- "One Man Can Change the World"
Common and John Legend -- "Glory" (From the motion picture "Selma")
J. Cole -- "Apparently"
J. Cole -- "Be Free"
Kendrick Lamar -- "Alright"

People's champ award
Big Sean featuring Drake and Kanye West -- "Blessings"
Fetty Wap -- "Trap Queen"
Future -- "Commas"
Kendrick Lamar -- "i"
Rae Sremmurd -- "No Type"
Rich Homie Quan -- "Flex (Ooh, Ooh, Ooh)"

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