Kanye West wins six BET Hip Hop Awards

KANYE WEST received the lion's share of trophies at the 2012 BET Hip Hop Awards, despite failing to show up to the ceremony.

The rapper, who led the charge with 17 nominations, was honored in categories including Best Hip Hop Style and Producer of the Year at the ceremony, which aired in the U.S. on Tuesday (09Oct12).

His hit collaboration with Jay-Z, N**gas in Paris, was named Track of the Year as well as Best Club Banger, while the stars were crowned the Best Live Performers and their Watch The Throne album was voted CD of the Year.

Other big winners included Kendrick Lamar (Lyricist of the Year), 2 Chainz (Rookie of the Year), and Jay-Z (Hustler of the Year).

The prizegiving, which was hosted by comedian Mike Epps, was taped in Atlanta, Georgia on 29 September (12) and featured performances by Sean 'Diddy' Combs, Missy Elliott and 50 Cent.

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