The 2013 BET Hip-Hop Awards Features The First Showdown Between Joey Bada$$ and Earl Sweatshirt

    The list of nominees for the BET Hip-Hop Awards doesn't exactly raise any eyebrows upon an initial review, with Kendrick Lamar, Drake and J. Cole earning the most nominations. The major hits and the major culprits all received their nods, without much room for anyone else. Of course, the hook for this show is the performances and the cyphers, moreso than the actual awards. Those have yet to be announced. 

    With that said, this year's award show marks the first head-to-head showdown between Pro Era's Joey Bada$$ and Odd Future's Earl Sweatshirt for Rookie of the Year. It's probably the first of many encounters for the two young emcees as they begin their promising careers. Both Earl's debut album Doris and Joey's latest mixtape Summer Knights (he will make his album debut later in the year) received rave reviews from our EIC Vince Thomas this summer.

    Here's a full list of the nominees, courtesy of SoulCulture.

    Best Hip Hop Video:
    A$AP Rocky f/ Drake, 2 Chainz & Kendrick Lamar – “Problems”
    B.o.B f/ T.I. & Juicy J – “We Still in This”
    J. Cole f/ Miguel – “Power Trip”
    Drake – “Started From the Bottom”
    Kendrick Lamar – “Don’t Kill My Vibe”

    Reese’s Perfect Combo Award (Best Collabo, Duo or Group):
    Ace Hood f/ Rick Ross & Future – “Bugatti”
    A$AP Rocky f/ Drake, 2 Chainz & Kendrick Lamar – “Problems”
    J. Cole f/ Miguel – “Power Trip”
    French Montana f/ Rick Ross, Drake & Lil Wayne – “Pop That”
    Kendrick Lamar f/ Drake – “Poetic Justice”
    Wale f/ Tiara Thomas – “Bad”

    Best Live Performer:
    2 Chainz
    J. Cole
    JAY Z
    Kendrick Lamar
    Kanye West

    Lyricist of the Year:
    J. Cole
    Drake
    JAY Z
    Kendrick Lamar
    Wale

    Video Director of the Year:
    A$AP Rocky & A$AP Ferg
    Benny Boom
    Director X
    Dre Films
    Hype Williams

    DJ of the Year:
    DJ Drama
    DJ Envy
    DJ Funkmaster Flex
    DJ Khaled
    DJ Scream

    Producer of the Year:
    J. Cole
    Hit-Boy
    DJ Mustard
    Mike WiLL Made It
    Pharrell Williams

    MVP of the Year:
    2 Chainz
    J. Cole
    Drake
    JAY Z
    Kendrick Lamar

    Track of the Year:
    “Power Trip” – Produced by J. Cole (J. Cole f/ Miguel)
    “Problems” – Produced by Noah “40″ Shebib (A$AP Rocky f/ Drake, 2 Chainz & Kendrick Lamar)
    “Don’t Kill My Vibe” – Produced by Sounwave (Kendrick Lamar)
    “Bugatti” – Produced by Mike WiLL Made It (Ace Hood f/ Rick Ross & Future)
    “Started From The Bottom” – Produced by Mike Zombie & Noah “40″ Shebib (Drake)

    Album of the Year:
    J. Cole – Born Sinner
    JAY Z – Magna Carta Holy Grail
    Kendrick Lamar – good kid, m.A.A.d city
    Nas – Life Is Good
    Wale – The Gifted

    Who New? Rookie of the Year:
    Action Bronson
    A$AP Ferg
    Earl Sweatshirt
    Joey Bada$$
    Trinidad Jame$

    Hustler of the Year:
    Diddy
    JAY Z
    Kendrick Lamar
    T.I.
    Kanye West

    Made-You-Look Award:
    2 Chainz
    A$AP Rocky
    JAY Z
    Kendrick Lamar
    Nicki Minaj
    Kanye West

    Best Club Banger:
    Ace Hood f/ Rick Ross & Future – “Bugatti” (Produced by Mike WiLL Made It)
    A$AP Rocky f/ Drake, 2 Chainz & Kendrick Lamar – “Problems” (Produced by Noah “40″ Shebib)
    Drake – “Started From The Bottom” (Produced by Mike Zombie & Noah “40″ Shebib)
    French Montana f/ Rick Ross, Drake & Lil Wayne – “Pop That” (Produced by Lee on the Beats)
    Trinidad Jame$ – “All Gold Everything” (Produced by M.e. (Devon Gallaspy))

    Best Mixtape:
    Big Sean – Detroit
    Chance The Rapper – Acid Rap
    Travi$ Scott – Owl Pharaoh
    Stalley – Honest Cowboy
    Trinidad Jame$ – Don’t Be S.A.F.E.

    Sweet 16 (Best Featured Verse):
    Diddy – “Same Damn Time (Remix)” (Future f/ Diddy & Ludacris)
    Drake – “Versace (Remix)” (Migos f/ Drake)
    Future – “Bugatti” (Ace Hood f/ Rick Ross & Future)
    Kendrick Lamar – “Problems” (A$AP Rocky f/ Drake, 2 Chainz & Kendrick Lamar)
    Wiz Khalifa – “U.O.E.N.O. (Remix)” (Rocko f/ Future & Wiz Khalifa)

    Impact Track:
    J. Cole f/ TLC – “Crooked Smile”
    JAY Z f/ Justin Timberlake – “Holy Grail”
    Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – “Same Love”
    Wale f/ Sam Dew – “LoveHate Thing”
    Kanye West – “BLKKK SKKKNHEAD”

    People’s Champ Award:
    A$AP Rocky f/ Drake, 2 Chainz & Kendrick Lamar – “Problems”
    J. Cole f/ Miguel – “Power Trip”
    Drake – “Started From the Bottom”
    Kendrick Lamar – “Don’t Kill My Vibe”
    Macklemore & Ryan Lewis f/ Ray Dalton – “Can’t Hold Us”