No Kanye West or “Kanye West Moments” at BET Hip-Hop Awards

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By: Vibe / October 11, 2009

Despite being up for nine nominations, Kanye West was a no-show for the 4th Annual BET Hip Hop Awards Saturday evening (October 10).

T.I., who’s currently imprisoned, took home two awards–Best Collaboration for “Live Your Life” with Rihanna, and Album of the Year for Paper Trail. Fiancee Tameka “Tiny” Cottle accepted his awards, and read a letter by the rapper, who began serving a year-long sentence in late May.

“Although I’m not there with you all, I’m there in spirit,” she quoted the rapper as writing. “My road to redemption is almost over. … Thanks for the support.”

As for other winners, Jay-Z took home the MVP of the Year honor, while newcomer Drake accepted the Rookie of the Year award.

The legendary Ice Cube was honored with BET’s “I Am Hip-Hop” icon award. Credited with helping pioneer the gangsta rap genre, Cube said he was humbled by the honor.

Then later in the ceremony, the late DJ AM received the DJ of the Year honor, presented by Busta Rhymes.

Other show highlights included the opening performance of “As Real as it Gets” by Jay-Z and Young Jeezy, and a recently reunited Goodie Mob performing their 1995 hit “Cell Therapy.”

The Mike Epps-hosted award show is set to air on BET October 27.