Drake leads BET Hip Hop Awards contenders with 12 nominations

Drake has done it again: for the second straight year, the Canadian rapper tops the nominees for the BET Hip-Hop Awards.

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Canadian rapper Aubrey Drake Graham, who performs as Drake, leads the BET Awards contenders with 12 nominations. (Joel Ryan/Associated Press)

Drake does it again. For the second straight year, the Canadian rapper tops nominees for the BET Hip-Hop Awards.

BET said Tuesday that Drake received 12 nominations for the 10th annual awards show. It airs Oct. 13.

Drake's chart-topping If You're Reading This It's Too Late became the first platinum-selling album this year. He had 14 songs simultaneously placed on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, tying a record set by The Beatles in 1964.

Rap veteran Snoop Dogg returns for the third straight year as host of the show, which will be taped Oct. 9 at the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center.

Big Sean earned 10 nominations and Nicki Minaj scored nine nods. Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole each got eight nominations.

Earlier this summer, the Toronto rapper was embroiled in a squabble with rapper Meek Mill over the latter's allegation that Drake doesn't pen his own lyrics. The pair exchanged "diss tracks" and the beef engaged music fans and marketers alike.


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