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    BET Hip-Hop Awards: No Sign of Big Winner Kanye or the Rick Ross-Young Jeezy Smackdown During Telecast

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    Calling all hip-hop heads, tonight was your night.

    Between rap crews showing off their skills through The Cypher, performances by some of the game's biggest names (Wiz Khalifa, Kendrick Lamar, Missy Elliot and 2 Chainz just to name a few) and, of course, finding out who came on top, the BET Hip-Hop Awards hosted by the hilarious Mike Epps (who reminded us to ratchet down the ratchetness and keep it classy) gave us quite a show.

    What it didn't give us was Kanye West or the altercation between Young Jeezy and Rick Ross backstage. 

    Kanye snags 17 BET Hip-Hop Award nominations

    Yeezy led the race for awards after scoring 17 (yes, you read that right) nominations, but he was totally MIA from the whole shebang. Regardless, we've already learned through other award shows that the talent doesn't actually have to be there to walk away a winner.

    As was the case for Kanye. 

    But before we get to the winners, we should note some interesting points from tonight's show. For example, 2 Chainz showed us a little bit of his piano playing, we got to meet Bad Boy's newest member Machine Gun Kelly—who entered the stage from hanging on a rafter—and learned that Sean "Diddy" Combs can perform a song without a toothpick in his mouth. 

    Here's what you didn't see happen during the awards

    And now for the winners...

    Reese's Perfect Combo: G.O.O.D Music, "Mercy"
    Hip-Hop Video Director of the Year: Hype Williams
    Track of the Year: "Ni--as in Paris," Jay-Z and Kanye West
    Sweet 16: Best Featured Verse: 2 Chainz, "Mercy"
    Rookie of the Year: 2 Chainz
    Producer of the Year: Kanye West
    People's Champ Award: "Otis," Jay-Z and Kanye West
    MVP of the Year: Rick Ross
    Made-You-Look Award (Best Hip-Hop Style): Kanye West
    Lyricist of the Year: Kendrick Lamar
    Impact Track: "Daughters," Nas
    Hustler of the Year: Jay-Z
    CD of the Year: Watch the Throne, Jay-Z and Kanye West
    Best Mixtape: Dreamchasers 2, Meek Mill
    Best Live Performer: Jay-Z and Kanye West
    Best Hip-Hop Video: "H.Y.F.R," Drake featuring Lil Wayne
    Best Club Banger: "Ni--as in Paris," Jay-Z and Kanye West 
    DJ of the Year: DJ Khaled
    Best Hip-Hop Online Site: World Star Hip Hop

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