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Cardi B Snags 10 Nominations For 2019 BET Hip-Hop Awards

The "I Like It" rapper has been nominated for MVP of the Year, Hot Ticket Performer, Hustler of the Year, Best Collab, Single of the Year, and more.

Cardi B can't stop and won't stop. The Bronx rapper and fashionista is leading the pack with not one or two 2019 BET Hip Hop nominations but 10. The monumental award ceremony will make its return to Atlanta's Cobb Energy Center after soaking up the Miami sun for the past two years.

Billboard reports that the "I Like It" rapper has been nominated for MVP of the Year, Hot Ticket Performer, Hustler of the Year, Best Collab, Single of the Year, and more.

Although we have yet to hear another project from Cardi since her 2018 breakthrough album Invasion of Privacy, the rapper has stayed on the Hot 100 with 2019 hits "Money," "Press," and "Please Me."

The Hustlers actress recently released her latest single "Yes" with Fat Joe and Anuel AA on Friday (Sept. 6).

DJ Khaled, Travis Scott, and J. Cole reached a three-way tie with eight nominations each. Drake comes in third with seven. The late Nipsey Hussle's energy will still take over as the Cali rapper was nominated for five categories including Lyricist of the Year, MVP of the Year, Hustler of the Year, and more.

A new category will be featured for the Atlanta-based show highlighting international artists from Canada, Ghana, South Africa, France, U.K., and Nigeria.

Viewers can tune into the 2019 BET Hip Hop Awards on Tuesday (Oct. 8) at 8 p.m. EST on BET.

Check out the full list of nominations below:

Best Hip-Hop Video
21 Savage - "A Lot" Feat. J. Cole
Cardi B - "Money"
City Girls - "Twerk" Feat. Cardi B
DaBaby - "Suge"
Meek Mill - "Going Bad" Feat. Drake
Travis Scott - "Sicko Mode" Feat. Drake

Hot Ticket Performer
Cardi B
DaBaby
Drake
Megan Thee Stallion
The Carters
Travis Scott

Album of the Year
Travis Scott - Astroworld
Meek Mill - Championships
Lizzo - Cuz I Love You
DJ Khaled - Father of Asahd
Tyler, The Creator - Igor
Dreamville - Revenge of the Dreamers 3

Video Director of the Year
Benny Boom
Bruno Mars, Florent Dechard
Calmatic
Dave Meyers
Eif Rivera
Travis Scott

Lyricist of the Year
2 Chainz
Drake
J. Cole
Meek Mill
Nipsey Hussle
YBN Cordae

MVP of the Year
Cardi B
DJ Khaled
Drake
J. Cole
Megan Thee Stallion
Nipsey Hussle

Producer of the Year
DJ Khaled
London On Da track
Metro Boomin'
Mustard
Swizz Beatz
Tay Keith

Best Collab, Duo or Group
21 Savage Feat. J. Cole - "A Lot"
Cardi B & Bruno Mars - "Please Me
DJ Khaled Feat. Nipsey Hussle & John Legend - "Higher"
Lil Baby & Gunna - "Drip Too Hard"
Lil Nas X Feat. Billy Ray Cyrus - "Old Town Road (Remix)"
Travis Scott Feat. Drake - "Sicko Mode"

Single of the Year
"Act Up"  - Produced by EarlThePearll (City Girls)
"Big Ole Freak" - Produced by LilJuMadeDaBeat (Megan Thee Stallion)
"Money" - Produced by J. White Did It (Cardi B)
"Old Town Road (Remix)" - Produced by YoungKio (Lil Nas X Feat. Billy Ray Cyrus)"
Sicko Mode" - Produced by Rogét Chahayed, CuBeatz, OZ, Hit-Boy & Tay Keith (Travis Scott Feat. Drake)
"Suge" - Produced by Pooh Beatz & JetsonMade (DaBaby)

Best New Hip-Hop Artist
Blueface
DaBaby
Lil Nas X
Megan Thee Stallion
Roddy Ricch
YBN Cordae

Best Mixtape
Jack Harlow - Loose
Kevin Gates - Luca Brasi 3
Megan Thee Stallion - Fever
Roddy Ricch - Feed Tha Streets II
Wiz Khalifa & Curren$y - 2009
YBN Almighty Jay, YBN Cordae & YBN Nahmir - YBN: The Mixtape

Sweet 16: Best Featured Verse
21 Savage - "Wish Wish" ( DJ Khaled Feat. Cardi B & 21 Savage)
Cardi B – "Clout" (Offset Feat. Cardi B)
Cardi B – "Twerk" (City Girls Feat. Cardi B)
J. Cole - "A Lot" (21 Savage Feat. J Cole)
Rick Ross - "Money in the Grave" (Drake Feat. Rick Ross)
Rick Ross - "What's Free" (Meek Mill Feat.Jay-Z & Rick Ross)

Impact Track
21 Savage - "A Lot" Feat. J. Cole
DJ Khaled - "Higher" Feat. Nipsey Hussle & John Legend
J. Cole - "Middle Child"
Kap G - "A Day Without a Mexican"
Lizzo - "Tempo" Feat. Missy Elliott
Youngboy Never Broke Again - "I Am Who They Say I Am" Feat. Quando Rondo & Kevin Gates

DJ of the Year
Chase B
DJ Drama
DJ Envy
DJ Esco
DJ Khaled
Mustard

Made-You-Look Award (Best Hip-Hop Style)
Cardi B
DJ Khaled
French Montana
Meek Mill
Rick Ross
Travis Scott

Best Hip-Hop Online Site/App
All Hip-Hop
Complex
HotNewHipHop
The Shade Room
WorldStar
XXL

Hustler of the Year
Cardi B
DJ Khaled
Jay-Z
Nipsey Hussle
Rick Ross
Travis Scott

Best International Flow
Falz (Nigeria)
Ghetts (U.K.)
Kalash (France)
Lil Simz (U.K.)
Nasty C (South Africa)
Sarkodie (Ghana)
Tory Lanez (Canada)

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VIBE: With you producing at a young age, did you have support from your family?

Ebenezer: I'm a London boy but my parents are originally from Nigeria. They were on the run from immigration at one point but after things calmed down there was a big focus on education. They were like, "No you, can't. Education first." There would be big arguments and fights but eventually, I chose music. Or maybe it chose me? I started working and producing while on the phone with artists and things came together.

But I owe everything to my mum because she is the biggest cheerleader I've ever had. This woman had three kids and did everything to get by. She held it down. I had cousins who called immigration on us and they're supposed to be family–immigration comes kicking open the door and raiding the house. So I believe that the blessings I'm getting now are from God and our prayers.

What do you enjoy the most: producing/engineering or writing? 

I don't know if I can choose. I just use different parts of my brain for producing and writing. It is fun to split them up and bring them together at times.

What's your voice in R&B today? 

From childhood to the present, I've been in piece of s**t relationships and my songs reflect that. It's not be being vindictive to my exes. I take full responsibility for the things I've done and I try to be honest as I can in my music. The worst thing I could do is be one-sided.

There's that aspect of accountability missing in R&B these days so I get it. How is creating R&B-pop music for K-Pop artists? You worked with SuperM recently and it seems like they really enjoy the era of 2000s R&B. 

It's easier because they let you do whatever you want. You want a variety of harmonies because there's a lot of people in one group. But I like creating for K-Pop artists because you're able to let every individual stand out and have their own moment. It's dope they're adopting that sound.

Who are some of your inspirations? 

Kanye West for sure. My brother was a big hip hop head so I grew up on Rakim, Big L, Big Pun, Tupac, Biggie, Jay Z, Wu-Tang, but my decade has the Drakes and the Kanyes, so they were my biggest inspirations. College Dropout was the album that had me say, "I'm doing this music thing, I don't care."

My sister is a big R&B fan. She played a lot of Jagged Edge, Jodeci, stuff like that. So I was lucky to have the hip hop side and the R&B side presented to me all at once.

In addition to love and relationships, what else drives your creative process? 

It comes in stages for me. I like to make projects with a theme. For example, 53 Sundays was a project about growing up in London as an immigrant and the adversity we experienced racism and gang violence. It's how I overcame it and how my family dealt with it.

There's a lot of self-love in those songs because nothing is free, especially coming from having nothing. You have the Bad Romantic projects that are pretty self-explanatory in the title [Laughs]. I'm going to make it all tell a story so when you look back at the projects, it's a timeline and you'll see who I am.

What makes a "Bad Romantic and a "Good Romantic?" 

My exes are bad romantics. [Laughs]

So it's their fault? 

Nah, my exes would say there are some things that I'm good at and some things I'm terrible at. There are different love languages and what someone may require, I might not speak it. I like to provide gifts because growing up with nothing, you never want to see anyone without.

But I struggle with time because I'm always working and they had it. I have this thing called "The Okay Attitude." You can write me a novel in a text and I'll say, okay. Life expectancy for us is low as it is and we spend most of our time arguing about trivial things so if that's how you feel, that's how you feel.

And a "Good Romantic?"

Being attentive, caring, not being so selfish. I don't know, everyone is different. Some people require a lot. They say, "Shower me with gifts." But others say, "I just want your time, whenever you can afford it."

Unfortunately, I can't afford it.

What do you want listeners to get from your music?

That I'm just a bad romantic that's trying to better himself.

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