Katt Williams to host BET Hip Hop Awards 2007

T.I. LEADS THE PACK WITH 9 NODS AS BET HIP HOP AWARDS RETURNS FOR A NIGHT OF HIP-HOP HOTNESS ON WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 17 AT 8 P.M., ET/PT
Katt Williams Returns As Host
Nelly, Lil’ Wayne, Kanye West and Common, Among Others, Scheduled To Perform
KRS-One Will Receive The ‘I Am Hip Hop’ Icon Award

BET Networks announced the nominees for the annual BET Hip Hop Awards 2007, paying homage to urban music artists at the top of their game. If you thought last year’s show was unbeatable, then hold on to your seats because BET is back in “hotlanta” with veteran host actor/comedian Katt Williams, who is sure to deliver a high energy show filled with hot performances by the best in the business! The BET Hip Hop Awards 2007 will take place on Saturday, October 13 at Atlanta’s Civic Center, and premiere on the network Wednesday, October 17 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Nelly, Lil’ Wayne, Kanye West and Common are scheduled to perform. Additional presenters and performers to be announced shortly.

ATL native T.I. leads all Hip Hop Awards nominees with nine nods. T.I. is up for possible honors in the Best Collabo, Best Live Performance, Lyricist of the Year, MVP, Track of the Year, CD of the Year, Hustler of the Year, Best Ringbone and Viewer’s Choice categories.

“We are so glad to be back in Atlanta once again for this year’s version of what, in its debut, became the single hottest show in hip-hop,” says Stephen Hill, Executive Vice President, Entertainment Programming, Music and Talent. “We’re at a crucial point in the life of this music; its messages and language have been scrutinized more this year than any other time in its history. I hope all hip-hop critics and fans will watch this show that will show all sides of the genre proudly and authentically. Love it. Hate it. The ‘BET Hip Hop Awards 2007′ will have style, substance and swagger.” Other artists with multiple nods include Lil’ Wayne with seven, Kanye West with six, Common with five, Jay-Z with four, Ludacris and 50 Cent with three, and Diddy and UGK with two. Also, the legendary hip hop artist KRS-One, known for his political and socially conscious raps, will be honored with the “I Am Hip Hop” Icon Award.

For the second year in a row, BET also adds an international twist to the Hip Hop Awards by partnering with British music entities MTV Base and 1 Xtra BBC to create a special award around the British urban music scene. Five established hip-hop artists from the United Kingdom will battle for recognition by British hip-hop fans as Best UK Hip-Hop Artist. This category allows BET International to spotlight British hip-hop, and the winner will be announced in the UK on October 1 via radio and MTV BASE News.

Additionally, this year BET viewers and BET Digital users will have an opportunity to enter the BET Hip Hop Awards Hot 16 Challenge, judged by hip- hop mogul Jermaine Dupri. The winners will become VIP’s at specified BET Hip Hop Awards events. The contest prizes include: A trip to The BET Hip Hop Awards 2007 for the winner and their entourage, a walk down the red carpet, party passes to the SoSoDef/BET Digital Pre-party and tickets to the Hip Hop Awards show.

Elevating the star presence at the Atlanta Civic Center is red-hot host, comedian/actor Katt Williams. Although hosting an awards show – particularly one with this caliber of talent – is no easy gig, Katt says he’s up for the challenge. Perhaps best known for his scene-stealing turn as Money Mike in “Friday After Next” and his HBO stand-up comedy special “The Pimp Chronicles, Part 1,” Williams will lace the historic event with his edgy, brash and hilarious flavor.

Last year’s inaugural The BET Hip Hop Awards 2007 drew an impressive 2.93 rating, which translated into 3.64 million viewers (2.44 million households) according to Nielsen Media Research. The show featured massive hip-hop stars Diddy, Busta Rhymes, Snoop Dogg, Nelly, Chamillionaire, Yung Joc, Keyshia Cole, Remy Ma, Rick Ross and the dirty south’s own Jermaine Dupri, Ludacris, T.I. and Young Jeezy, among others. Additionally, it honored one of the hip- hop world’s pioneering figures, Grand Master Flash, with the “I Am Hip Hop” Icon Award.

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