Nicki Minaj, Jay-Z reign supreme at 2010 BET Hip-Hop Awards
The heavyweight and the rookie, the latter of whom's debut album, “Pink Friday,” isn’t even in stores yet, were the big winners of the night, with each taking home three trophies.
Minaj, the colorful femcee on Lil Wayne’s Young Money imprint, won awards for rookie of the year, people’s champ and the style award called Made You Look -– an easy win given her brazen fashion sense and choice of vibrant wigs.
Jay-Z snagged wins in the perfect combo category (for his duet with Alicia Keys on “Empire State of Mind”), CD of the year for "The Blueprint 3" and best live performer.
Minaj wasn't the only woman who earned gold. Icons Salt-N-Pepa were honored with the I Am Hip-Hop award, a version of the lifetime achievement statue.
Other awards went to Swizz Beatz (producer of the year), Diddy (hustler of the year) and Rick Ross (club banger of the year and track of the year, both for “B.M.F. [Blowin’ Money Fast]”). Drake, who had his own breakout year, was named MVP of the year.
The telecast, the network's fifth, will be broadcast Oct. 12 at 8 p.m. on BET.
-- Gerrick D. Kennedy
Photo: Nicki Minaj at the 2010 BET Hip-Hop Awards. Credit: Taylor Hill / Getty Images