Six of his seven nominations come from his Watch the Throne collaboration with Jay-Z. West competes for Video Director of the Year and Best Collaboration. Beating Jay by two nominations, the mentee surpassed the mentor.
Jay-Z shares his five nominations with Kanye West, demonstrating the impact of the Watch the Throne album in the rap community. Watch the Throne was one of the top-ranked albums by music critics and publications, selling 436,000 copies in its first week.
Jay Z also falls in line behind wife Beyonce. The pop queen earned the second highest number of nominations with six.
Jay-Z and Kanye are not nominated for Best Male Hip-Hop Artist, making room for Atlanta rapper Young Jeezy. This is Jeezy’s only nomination.
The BET Awards will air live July 1 from LA’s Shrine Auditorium. Actor and producer Samuel L. Jackson is set to host the show, introducing confirmed performers Chris Brown and Nicki Minaj.