Tue., Oct. 9, 2012 7:22 PM PDT
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.
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" Combscan perform a song without a toothpick in his mouth.
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